With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, Winterhawks defenseman Johnny Ludvig is hopeful to hear his name called at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 22.
The second-year draft eligible skater played in 61 games this season, totaling five goals and 14 assists for 19 points. He led all Western Conference defenseman with a +38 rating and was a clear difference maker for the Winterhawks this season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman led the Hawks’ top penalty kill unit to a top five finish in the Western Hockey League regular season and, more times than not, he shut down the opposition’s top lines during 5-on-5 play.
The stay-at-home defenseman is one of the best shot blockers in the WHL and he plays with a physical upside. Ludvig can bruise opponents with big hits and he consistently takes away lanes in the defensive end with his positioning and tenacity. Just two years removed from playing Junior B hockey in Canada, Ludvig factors to be a top end defenseman for the Hawks during the 2019-20 season.
During training camp, Ludvig was recognized with the Paul Gaustad Fitness Award, which is given annually to the player with the highest fitness testing results. The Winterhawks also named Ludvig their 2018-19 recipient of the Jann and Robert Boss Best Defensive Player Award.
This marks the second straight year that Ludvig was ranked by NHL Central Scouting. Last season, Ludvig finished inside the top 150 of North American skaters and he was invited to the Boston Bruins Development Camp as an undrafted invitee.
WHERE HE RANKS:
#128 – NHL Central Scouting (North American Skaters)
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