Weight: 160 pounds
Date of birth: July 11, 1999
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Position: Left Wing/Right wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 53rd overall, 2016 CHL Import Draft
First off, let’s get the proper pronunciation for the Finland native and Kingston Frontenacs forward Linus Nyman: I’m told by people in the Fronts organization that it’s Noo-man. But I’ve heard a variety of pronunciations. Michael Nyman, the English composer, is usually pronounced as Nie-man. In Swedish, it’s Nee-man. Ask a Finn and you get Neye-man. So, take your pick!
Last season, Nyman played for Jonkerit U-20 in Sweden’s Jr A SM-liiga where he scored 13 goals and 23 assists and was a plus 30 in 43 games. He previously represented Finland at the Under-16, the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 and was Finland’s top forward at Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August where he scored 4 goals to go along with 3 assists in 4 games.
Once you get past the fact that he is 5’10” and just 160 pounds and watch highlights of his goals, you’ll find a player with a willingness to get to the dirty area in front of the goal. Nyman is a very good skater, a speedster but lacks that elite level speed you hope a player of his stature would have. Yet, he’s just quick enough when combined with his smarts he is able to get into lanes or create lanes and be effective in the cycle game. Don’t read that as saying he’s slow. He’s not.
Nyman possesses dangerous (for the opposition) puck skills. He maintains possession while quickly surveying the ice and making split second decisions about his options. He keeps his head up and on a swivel whenever he’s in possession of the puck. He is an excellent passer and is considered in many circles as a playmaker first, but make no mistake, he can finish as well.
Nyman currently sits third in rookie scoring with 41 points, trailing only Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm (47) and Adam Ruzicka of the Sarnia Sting (43). His 22 goals trail only Ruzicka (24).
Nyman has the skill set to produce at the National Hockey League level. Adding muscle, gaining strength and hopefully having a growth spurt will go a long way into achieving success. As it stands now, he loses too many board battles and can get knocked off the puck to easily in both zones. But give him credit: He gets right back on his horse and will not shy away from the physical areas. At times, you get the impression that the coaching staff tries to shield him from the tough matchups.
And he is versatile. Nyman can play both wings.
Nyman is the fourth ranked Kingston Frontenac on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January. He was ranked 102 among North American skaters. Jason Robertson (34), Eemeli Rasanen (57), and Jacob Paquette (90) are the others.
This is the profile page of Linus Nyman at Elite Prospects