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 forward Albin Grewe.
When the Red Wings drafted Swedish forward Albin Grewe in the third round, 66th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, there was a wide range of opinion from experts.
Some loved the pick and others hated it.
But all acknowledged that Grewe has a lot of talent. He just needs to refine it and channel it in the right direction.
Grewe is a rather unusual Swede in that he plays a much more North American style of game, which includes a significant amount of trash talking.
That would explain why Grewe said he admires Boston's Brad Marchand, who is certainly well-known for getting under opponents' skin.
His coach once called him a T-Rex, which has now become a bit of a nickname for Grewe, who turned 19 on March 22.
Grewe even worked with JRM Skates and Skills in a camp that included Red Wings legend Nick Lidstrom's son, Samuel.
For Grewe to be ready to actually play in North America, he will have to have to gain strength, as most young players do, and improve his skating.
23 - Grewe played in 23 games for Djurgårdens IF J20 in Sweden's SuperElit.
6 - In those 23 games for Djurgårdens IF J20, Grewe scored six goals, 11th on the team. Rasmussen Kahilainen led the team with 16. It also marked a drop from the 13 goals in 25 games Grewe had the previous season.
13 - Also during those 23 games, Grewe had 13 assists, which was sixth on Djurgårdens IF J20. Adam Falk led with 41, William Eklund and Oscar Bjerselius each had 24, Erik Söderlund had 16 and Albin Hjalmarsson had 15. Three others had 13 assists, Wilmer Svensson, Pontus Johansson and Ludvig Hedström.
19 - Grewe also played 19 games in the Swedish Hockey League, the SHL, for Djurgårdens IF. Grewe's 19 total points ranked eighth on Djurgårdens IF J20. Falk led with 51. Svensson and Hjalmarsson each had 19 also.
1 - In his 19 games for Djurgårdens IF, Grewe scored one goal, which was a slight uptick from having scored no goals in 15 games with Djurgårdens IF in 2018-19.
111 - Grewe's 111 penalty minutes in 23 games for Djurgårdens IF J20 made him the runaway leader on the team in that category and set a new career high. The next closest, Kahilainen, had just 66 penalty minutes in 36 games. In the previous season, Grewe had 102 penalty minutes in 25 games.
Quotable: "He's a guy that started off the season up in Djurgårdens in the men's league, he's kind of split it, he played about 20 games in the SHL and just over 20 games down in the J20 league for Djurgårdens. He's another kid, he plays more of a North American style in terms of he brings energy, he loves physicality, he plays hard. When you go over there and you watch the European games, you notice him because he's the one guy out there that every shift isn't afraid to mix it up, get under other teams' skin. We love that about him, we love his energy. He's another guy, too, he just needs to get stronger physically. He wasn't really ready for the men's league yet this year. I think skating is another thing that he needs to work on and we've given him all the tools and laid out the process that he needs to do in order to improve both those areas. I think a big offseason's in need for him. He understands that. He's saying all the right things now, he just needs to go out there and do it." - Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel