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Possible Draft Target: Carl Grundstrom

by Jason Pirie / Calgary Flames

Relentless. Powerful. Punishing.

That’s Carl Grundstrom in a nutshell.

Not overly big at six-foot, 194-pounds, Grundstrom is a hard-hitting Swedish right wing who plays a simple, no frills style of game but has the ability to generate offence and put the puck in the net.

A solid skater and forechecker, he led all Sweden Hockey League draft eligible players – a league he has played in since he was 16 years old – by ferociously banging and crashing his way to 16 points for MODO Hockey Club.

Playing more of a shutdown/penalty kill role at World Juniors for Tre Kroner, Grundstrom netted one goal in seven tournament games.

There is no questioning that he will become an effective NHL player, it will just come down to him developing into either a top or bottom six contributor, depending on how his offensive game pans out.

The combination of his speed and strength makes him difficult to contain up and down the wing.

Inking a two-year deal with Frolunda in April, Grundstrom is ranked sixth among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting and could still be available by the time the Flames select their first of three (35th overall) second round picks.

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