Having recently met the Bruins recent top pick at an MFHL/Skate & Read event, I believe that at least a short blurb is in order. Come one, come all, join in on the fun!
Linus Arnesson was born in what he describes as “a little village just a bit southwest of Stockholm” on September 21st, 1994. Hockey was his number one passion from the very beginning, and he was particularly drawn to the defenceman position. He was mainly inspired to play blueline by one of the greatest Swedes to ever put on a pair of skates, Nick Lidstrom. Linus began his ascent to the pros in ’08 when he joined the U16 team of the Djurgårdens IF club (old rivals of Hammarby IF, the club that produced Pelle Lindbergh). Throughout his numerous promotions to higher ranks, Arnesson proved to be a very steady, mostly stay-at-home defenceman with a bit of offensive upside (scoring 15 points in 40 games at the SuperElit level in the ’11-12 season) and plenty of grit. He was able to get a 3 game stint at the SEL level (Sweden’s top level of competitive hockey) that year, as well, but he was very dismissive of it:
I didn’t really get to play at the SEL level before the team was demoted to Allsvenskan [also known as Swe-1, more or less Sweden’s AHL]. I sat on the bench for 3 games, doesn’t really count, in my opinion.
– His personal thoughts on that “cup of coffee”.
Nometheless, Linus was able to make his mark. He was a member of the junior Tre Kronor international team several times in his career, including playing for the U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia (Sweden won the silver medal). As the current defensive corps on Causeway Street is starting to fade (captain Zdeno Chara being 36 years old, for one), it will be good to have talents such as Arnesson’s waiting in the wings. There is not a great amount of amateur prospect depth, but the well is not quite dry and the future still looks bright.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
– John Quincy Adams