LW Carl Grundström - Frölunda, SHL (2016, 57th, TOR)
I can not see a thread about him, and I do not understand why it is not a thread about him, he is the standout talent coming from sweden in the 2016 draft right now, above Asplund, A Nylander, Dahlen, Moverare, Lindström and Pethrus
He is a late 97 (1th dec 97), he has already played 24 games in SHL and has produced 5 points there.
In superelit top 10, he so far has 17 p and 11 goals in 12 games and so on.
He is a pitbull, always a big force out there, maybe not as flashy as for a example W Nylander, but a force that always gives 100% and do not shy away from heavy traffic, plays very typical canadian. So even if he wouldnt reach his full potential he could still be of good use in a bottom 6 role, but personally I think he will be a lot better than that.
A spirited and energetic banging winger who off the puck is a nightmare to guard against. Grundstrom is a relentless forechecker who uses his strong build and powerful lower body to frighten defenders into careless mistakes. If there was ever a player to excuse for the constant dump and chase, it’s Grundstrom, whose international resume for Team Sweden is beyond impressive when considering his nation’s lack of elite scoring up front at the junior level. His skill set may resemble that of a grinder, but he’s displayed flash and skill in the limited time he received with MoDo.
Grundstrom would be higher if he had the ability to finish off the rush, but he's a very good pro prospect with almost two full years of SHL experience. Hopefully the move to Frolunda expands his role, but I see him coming to North America in a year or two. Don't think he has the kind of top-6 upside to earn a first round selection, but going late in the first wouldnt be a bad move for an established team looking for a reliable sure thing.
I expect good things from him next season after a pretty disappointing year. He will play for Frölunda next season, not sure about that move though.
I do not know what you expected, he produce a lot more than Eriksson Ek did during his draft year. His production is very good. Did you expect him to produce like Bäckström or something? He is not on that level, but he is a solid pick in the mid or late 1th round.
The only little bit disapointing about his season is his WJC 20 tournament.