We continue our tour of potential Canucks draft picks with David Rundblad. Our tour today is taking us out of North America and to the wonderful country of Sweden. David Rundblad is a 6’2″ defenceman that shoots right. Cooooo. You know how much I love the Swedish defencemen. I’m sold already, but we’ll continue with the hot stats. You can find all the news that’s fit for print in his NHL.com profile. Rundblad had 10 assists in 45 games during his first season with the Swedish Elite League. In a short jaunt with the junior team he recorded 15 points (8 goals 7 assists) in 10 games. The wee Swede also has international experience with team Sweden and helped them win Silver in 2009 at the World Juniors.
This article compares him to Mike Green and mentions his excellent skating and puckhandling. Here’s his scouting report.
“He has a very good shot. He is a right-handed shot and he is used on the power play, even in the (Elite) League despite being a young player. He is a very smart player. He could be a little more physical in his game, but that is something that he is learning.”
His favourite NHL team is the Buffalo Sabres. For a pre game meal he likes pasta and meatballs. He can get an endless supply of meatballs from IKEA. Just picture him and Alex Edler patrolling the Canucks blueline for years to come, and giving us adorable interviews in their Swedish accents, and scoring pretty little goals…where was I again? Seriously though, his offensive upside could give the Canucks something they’ve been missing from their blueline for awhile. Rundblad would be a great pick at the draft table. I better learn how to say “Welcome to Vancouver” in Swedish before the draft.