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10 Axel Holmstrom

C/LW | Shoots: L | 6-1 | 200 | DOB: 6/29/96 | Age: 22 | Birthplace: Arvidsjaur, Sweden | Drafted: Detroit's 6th choice, 196th overall, in 2014 NHL Entry Draft

Bio

Third season as a Griffin…Fifth year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 6/15/15…Reassigned from Skelleftea by Detroit, 4/2/17…Assigned by Detroit, 10/1/17...Assigned by Detroit, 9/27/18.

Career Highlights
: 2017 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids…Recorded 26 points (7-19—26) in 66 games during his first full North American season in 2017-18…Named Sweden’s junior player of the year in 2014-15…Represented Sweden at the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Championships, including serving as alternate captain in 2016.

2017-18
: In his first full North American season, tallied 26 points (7-19—26) and four PIM in 66 appearances with the Griffins…Added one assist in two Calder Cup Playoff games…Missed the final three playoff contests due to injury…Team-high three shootout goals tied for the most among AHL rookies…Tallied an AHL career-high four-game point streak, 12/29/17-1/3/18…Scored an AHL career-high three points (2-1—3), 1/10/18 at MB…Notched the winning goal in a five-round shootout, 3/28/18 vs. TEX.

2016-17
: Notched two points (1-1—2) with Skelleftea while being limited to 16 games due to injury…Led the team in goals (3), assists (4) and points (7) in seven playoff games…Played in seven games with the Griffins, scoring two points (1-1—2) and two PIM…Made his AHL debut, 4/4/17 at MB…His first AHL goal was the game-winner in overtime, 4/5/17 at MB…Totaled one goal in four postseason games and helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup…Made his Calder Cup Playoff debut in the Central Division Semifinals, 4/21/17 vs. MIL…Notched his first Calder Cup Playoff goal, 4/23/17 vs. MIL.

2015-16: Tied for sixth on Skelleftea with 23 points (8-15—23) in 48 games…Tied for fifth on the team in power play goals as four of his eight tallies came on the man advantage…Contributed six points (2-4—6), a plus-three rating and two PIM in 10 playoff games.

2014-15
: Named the Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year…In 44 games with Skelleftea, scored 20 points (10-10—20) to rank second among junior-aged players in the pro league…Scored a league-leading 18 points (7-11—18) in 15 playoff games, setting a new scoring record for a junior player…Contributed seven points (1-6—7) in seven games for Sweden at the World Junior Championship…Scored four points (0-4—4) in three games with Skelleftea’s junior team.

2013-14
: Spent majority of the season with Skelleftea’s junior team, logging 38 points (15-23—38) and 12 PIM in 33 games…Appeared in two postseason games with the junior team…Made his professional debut with Skelleftea, appearing in four games…Skated in three games with the Skelleftea U18 team, scoring four points (1-3—4).

2012-13
: Tallied 64 points (16-48—64) in 31 regular season games with the under-18 Skelleftea team and potted 11 points (3-8—11) in eight playoff games…Skated in 10 games with Skelleftea’s junior team and notched three points (2-1—3) before adding one assist in four postseason contests.

2011-12
: Scored two points (0-2—2) in one game with the under-18 Skelleftea team and banked two points (1-1—2) in four playoff games.

Personal: Lives in Skelleftea, Sweden during the off season…Has one sister…Best friend in hockey is Sebastian Aho…Greatest hockey memory is being a part of the 2017 Calder Cup…Started playing hockey at the age of five as a forward…Hockey nickname is Homer…Hockey idol as a youth was Peter Forsberg…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his father, who taught him everything…An interesting fact about him is he’s a really good two-touch player…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a music artist…Also speaks Swedish…Played golf, soccer and floorball growing up…Once met Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a pro soccer player…Favorite food is palt, a Swedish dish…Favorite music artist is Post Malone…Favorite television show is New Girl…Frequents YouTube…Enjoys vacationing in Spain…Favorite sport to watch is soccer.

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2011-12 Skelleftea AIK Swe-U18 1 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 2 0
2012-13 Skelleftea AIK Swe-U18 31 16 48 64 6 8 3 8 11 4
Skelleftea AIK Jr. Swe-Jr. 10 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Skelleftea AIK Jr. Swe-Jr. 33 15 23 38 12 2 0 0 0 0
Skelleftea AIK Sweden 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Skelleftea AIK U18 Swe-U18 - - - - - 3 1 3 4 0
2014-15 Skelleftea AIK Jr. Swe-Jr. 3 0 4 4 0 - - - - -
Skelleftea AIK Sweden 44 10 10 20 4 15 7 11 18 0
2015-16 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 48 8 15 23 20 10 2 4 6 2
2016-17 Skelleftea AIK Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Skelleftea AIK Sweden 16 1 1 2 0 7 3 4 7 0
Grand Rapids AHL 7 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 1 0
2017-18 Grand Rapids AHL 66 7 19 26 4 2 0 1 1 0
GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 73 8 20 28 6 6 1 1 2 0
PRO TOTALS 185 27 46 73 30 38 13 20 33 2

Career Highs

  • Games Played 66, 2017-18
  • Goals 7, 2017-18
  • Assists 19, 2017-18
  • Points 26, 2017-18
  • PIM 4, 2017-18
  • Goal Streak N/A
  • Assist Streak 3, 12/29/17-12/31/17
  • Point Streak 4, 12/29/17-1/3/18
  • Goals, Game 2, 1/10/18 GR at MB
  • Assists, Game 2, twice (MR: 1/20/18 GR vs. RFD)
  • Points, Game 3, 1/10/18 GR at MB
  • PIM, Game 2, three times (MR: 3/11/18 GR at HER)

Career Firsts

  • AHL Game 4/4/17 GR at MB
  • AHL Point 4/5/17 GR at MB (assist)
  • AHL Goal 4/5/17 GR at MB (Jamie Phillips)

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