Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #12 Jonas Rondbjerg

Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #12 Jonas Rondbjerg

 

Name: Jonas Rondbjerg

Position: LW/RW

Age: 19

Place of Birth: Rungsted, Denmark

Height: 6’0’’

Weight: 176 lbs

Shoots: Left

Picked: 3rd Round, 2017, #65 Overall

2017/18 Season:

Växjö Lakers HC – 35 Games, 6 Goals, 5 Assists,11 points, Plus/Minus: +8

You have to empathize with Jonas Rondbjerg. While his counting statistics (points and minutes) don’t jump of the page, he is a better prospect than he could possibly get credit for. Not only because playing in the SHL (Swedish Hockey League) is tough for a 19 year old where the average player age of is 25, but playing for the Växjö Lakers can’t be easy, where Elias Petterson (Vancouver Canucks) set all-time scoring records for a teenager last season. How’s a less flashy forward like Rondbjerg supposed to break out in a league against guys much older than him and having to share minutes with an elite first round pick like Petterson?

For the uninitiated, heres what your need to know about the player whose vowel/consonant ratio is way off.  These are the Rondbjer Rondfjacts:

Rondbjerg is developing well in the SHL and is already showing signs of that incredible upside that McPhee saw in the draft. While 6 goals and 11 points overall in 35 games may not sound amazing, considering that Jonas was 18 when he did this, it’s very impressive production in a men’s league.

He’s also been a key member of the Danish World Juniors team every year since he was 15. Yes, you read that right. Rondbjerg has been playing international level hockey with players up to 19 since he was 15. He was at world juniors this year as well, scoring 2 goals and getting 5 assists. Denmark’s team didn’t set the world on fire, but to see that level of scoring from a young winger in international competition is still very impressive.

In terms of style, Jonas is a well-rounded two way forward. Not a sniper or playmaker by trade, but rather playing a cleaner, more responsibly defensive game. Jonas’ versatility is his greatest strength as the Lakers often put him in a multitude of situations with ease and his creative play through neutral ice is incredibly impressive. He’s fast and has good awareness and hockey IQ and his transitional play is incredibly strong with him handling fast passes with confidence.

Now, with all of this come a few problems for Rondbjerg. First, his physical game needs a lot of work before he puts on a VGK Jersey. Rondberg is developing as he should, but he hasn’t grown into an adult yet. In general, Rondbjerg’s game is a little too raw for our taste. We don’t mean that he doesn’t have significant talent, because he absolutely does. Rather, the skill coaches available in the SHL far outclass those available on the Danish national team, and he simply hasn’t played enough at the top levels of SHL for anyone to project with certainty whether McPhee found a player.

All in all, it seems that McPhee found good value with that third round pick. Rondbjerg is a versatile winger with great intelligence and excellent transition play, which is something that Gallant likes in his wingers. Next season is incredibly important for him, with Petterson heading off to join the Canucks, Rondbjerg stands to gain exposure and ice time. With more consistent ice time and more trust put on him by the Lakers, we will see how far this dane can go.

Any 19 year old that’s getting attention and consistent ice time in the SHL is has a high likelihood of success. Under the SHL/NHL transfer agreement, Rondberg is eligible to sign play on an NHL contract at the end of the 2018/19 season.

 

Vegas Full Prospect Rankings:

#1 Cody Glass

#2 Nick Suzuki

#3 Erik Brannstrom

#4 Nic Hague

#5 Lucas Elvenes

#6 Maxim Zhukov

#7 Ben Jones

#8 Zach Whitecloud

#9 Jake Leschyshyn

#10 Jack Dugan

#11 Dylan Coghlan

#12 Jonas Rondbjerg

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