Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#30. Carl Grundstrom – LW, MODO (SHL)
|(Photo Credit: MODO Hockey / Håkan Nordström) |
A barreling power forward with a scoring touch, Grundstrom’s mix of skill and agitating ability makes him an attractive commodity for teams looking to add to their wing depth. Grundstrom enjoys applying pressure on the forecheck, laying the big hit and doing whatever it takes to win a puck battle and drive the possession game along the boards.
Despite only scoring seven times in 49 games last season, shooting has become a strength to Grundstrom’s game. He can pick a corner from distance, but he’s also very adept at driving wide, lowering his shoulder and making a hard cut to the net with both hands attached to his stick. As a whole, his downhill style gets pucks to the net and his peskiness helps draws penalties.
Grundstrom is just as likeable a player in the defensive zone. His grit comes through with a very engaged puck-hounding style and willingness to step in front of shots from the point. He’s just simple and selfless team player who is also willing to work on the penalty kill.
After spending the past three seasons, including 73 SHL contests, with a downward spiraling MODO program, Grundstrom opted to take his talents to the storied Frolunda HC franchise for the next two developmental seasons.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).