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By the Numbers Prospects: Albin Grewe and Elmer Söderblom

Swedish forwards were on gold medal-winning team at World Junior Championship

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on forwards Albin Grewe and Elmer Söderblom.

Craig Button, TSN's director of scouting, was blunt when he discussed the Detroit Red Wings 2019 draft on the Red and White Authority podcast.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@CraigJButton joins us to evaluate Detroit's 2019 draft picks, discuss the 2019 WJSS and preview the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.Listen/download:

Button said he was "shocked" when Swedish forward Albin Grewe was available to the Wings in the third round, 66th overall.

Tweet from @AlbinGrewe: So happy and proud to be a part of the @DetroitRedWings 👊🏻 A dream come true!

Grewe's draft stock might have fallen a bit after he suffered a concussion in February and it took a while for him to recover fully.

When healthy, Grewe is not only a productive scorer, he also prides himself on being an agitator in the mold of Boston Bruins pest Brad Marchand.

Tweet from @nickseguin19: 3rd round pick Albin Grewe delivers a big hit to Jarid Lukosevicius. #DRWDC #LGRW

Among all of Detroit's 2019 draftees, Swedish forward Elmer Söderblom stands out quite literally as there aren't a lot of 6-foot-7, 220-pound 18-year-olds.

The Wings took Söderblom with the first of their two sixth-round picks, 159th overall.

Tweet from @coreypronman: DET picks Elmer Soderblom

Despite his size, Söderblom is considered to be a fairly good skater with good skill who just needs some time to develop his offensive potential.

Both Grewe and Söderblom played on Team Sweden's Hlinka Gretzky Cup team, earning silver medals.

Tweet from @StevenEllisTHN: Zion Nybeck to Elmer Soderblom and its 2-0 instantly. That was quick. #U19Worlds

The two reunited on Team Sweden's World Junior Championship team that won the gold medal for the first time in their country's history.

Tweet from @Ballgame423: What a cool event. The little guy was even crying with happy tears. First time on the ice. Thank you @DetroitRedWings and Albin Grewe for the photo.

25 -- Grewe played 25 games for Djurgårdens IF J20 in SuperElit, the under-20 junior league.

13 -- In those 25 games, Grewe scored 13 goals, fourth on the team. Forward Alexander Holtz, a 2020 draft-eligible player who recently competed in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich., led the team with 30 goals in 38 games.

21 -- Grewe also had 21 assists for Djurgårdens IF J20, which again ranked fourth on the team. Forward Adam Falk led with 29 assists but in 40 games.

34 -- The 34 points Grewe had ranked fourth on the team. Holtz led with 47 points in 38 games, Felix Carenfelt was second with 41 points in 41 games and Falk had 38 points in 40 games.

102 -- To say that Grewe plays with an edge would be an understatement. In just 25 games, Grewe had a team-leading 102 penalty minutes. The next closest player, forward Erik Walli Waterholm, had 71 penalty minutes in 29 games.

8 -- Grewe played eight playoff games for Djurgårdens IF J20.

2 -- In those eight playoff games, Grewe had two goals, one behind team leader Walli Waterholm's three. Falk, William Eklund, Holtz and Emil Svartbro each also had two.

4 -- Grewe had four assists in the playoffs, tied with Eklund and Oscar Bjerselius for second on the team. Falk led with six playoff assists.

15 -- Grewe also played 15 games for Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Hockey League but did not record a point.

7 -- On Team Sweden's gold-medal winning team at the World Junior Championship, Grewe played seven games and scored two goals. He was also second on that team with 10 penalty minutes. Lucas Raymond, another 2020 draft-eligible player who competed at the World Junior Summer Showcase, led with 12.

Quotable: "I wouldn't say that was a fight but he got into it with Soderblom, another Swede, which you don't see that often. I had a little bit of a chuckle with that. But he's the guy you notice more in games. During practice and that, yeah, he was fine and everything looked great but you really, really notice his competitiveness and that's what really stands out. It came out in that one scrimmage that we had." -- Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development

Tweet from @FOXSportsDet: Red Wings Prospects Camp: Trevor Thompson sits down with 18-year-old forward Albin Grewe.

Quotable II: "Power forward, I like to score goals, I like to go under my opponents' skin, too. I like to hit my opponents. Stuff like that. I think I'm a great goal-scorer and I can pass to my teammates for good chances, too. I think that's my best part. I think I have this combination of physical play and score goals." -- Grewe

Quotable III: "Albin Grewe is a very outstanding competitor. I can see how he pictures himself after Brad Marchand. He's very competitive. Out of the Europeans, probably the most competitive player in the whole draft. And in many years, I would say. One interesting story with him. The senior coach in Djurgårdens, they are a top team in the senior league, one of the better ones. He said, 'I didn't realize it until I started to look around but every time this kid came up and practiced with the men's team, the whole intensity of the practice, the physical part of the practice, would go up.' At first, he didn't know why. Then he realized every time this kid came up, he just brought the whole pace up." -- Hakan Andersson, Red Wings director of European scouting

44 -- Söderblom played 44 games for Frölunda HC J20 in SuperElit.

9 -- In those 44 games, Söderblom recorded nine goals, tied with defenseman Filip Hasa. Forward Jonatan Lundin Andersson led the team with 16 goals in 42 games.

8 -- Söderblom also chipped in eight assists for Frölunda HC J20, tied with defensemen Hampus Rydqvist and Anton Sundin. Karl Henriksson led the team with 36 assists in 45 games. Soderblom also played eight games for Frölunda HC J18 in J18 Allsvenskan.

12 -- Despite his size, Söderblom was not a highly penalized player, accumulating just 12 penalty minutes, 15th on the team. Defenseman Léon Lerebäck led with 110 penalty minutes in 38 games.

6 -- Söderblom played six playoff games for Frölunda HC J20.

4 -- In those playoff games, Söderblom scored four goals, tied with Raymond and Eric Engstrand for the team lead.

3 -- Söderblom also played three games for Frölunda HC J18 in J18 Elit. He had three points (1-2-3) in those three games. In his eight games for Frölunda HC J18 in J18 Allsvenskan, Söderblom also had three points (2-1-3).

7 -- Söderblom joined Grewe on Team Sweden's gold medal-winning team at the World Junior Championship, playing in seven games.

1 -- In those seven games, Söderblom scored one goal.

Quotable: "Really good skill, huge shot. He was the most well-conditioned athlete in camp for us, very, very strong, which was no surprise at his size. Actually good skater, you don't really see that with young players. Young players that are that big usually are lanky and they don't have the strength to support their body yet. But he seems to have some tools. So he was a good, pleasant surprise." -- Horcoff

Quotable II: "I always been tall and big so I guess I have grown like normal but just more and more. I think my strength is protecting the puck and being in front of the net and maybe screening the goaltender. I looked at (Tomas Holmstrom) a lot because he's one of the best players in front of the net at tipping pucks and stuff like that." -- Söderblom

Quotable III: "He's huge. Huge. And at the same time he's a good skater and he's got good hands. He's actually suffering from being 6-foot-6 at the age of 17. Very few guys are fully coordinated at that time. Again, in the Swedish junior league, sometimes - he was actually pretty good for Sweden in the Edmonton (under-18) tournament. He's got very good skill for a big man and the skating is good, so I'm hopeful with time and good training, obviously, I think he has a chance to be a forward who can do good things with the puck." -- Andersson

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