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If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if Dax Shepard played a hockey player, here’s Albin Grewe.
Here’s what we know:
Born: Mar 22, 2001
GP: 25, G: 13, A: 21 Djurgårdens IF J20 (Superelit)
GP: 18, G: 5, A: 4 Sweden U18 (all) (International Jr.)
Grewe was drafted in the 3rd round (66th overall) of the 2019 Entry Draft, so he obviously wasn’t on last year’s list. Here is the article from draft day.
I’m going to save you a click if you want to read some information from scouting sites that we quoted in that article:
Ranked 40th: A confident offensive winger, Greve is an explosive skater who needs only a handful of strides to reach his top speed. His game revolves around speed to go with his aggressive style of play and attacking. His speed coupled with his solid playmaking ability allows him to be create on odd-man rushes. He understands the game at a high level and displays good hockeyIQ, except for a penchant for taking bad penalties. He loves to get under the skin of opponents, but needs to ensure he stays disciplined and stayed out of the box. Often gets involved after whistle in scrums and other chirpings. He’s difficult to move off the puck when in stride and protects the puck well due to his strength. He also possesses a deceptively heavy wrist shot, which makes him a dangerous shooter who surprises goaltenders with a quick release. He plays a simple game and doesn’t panic when facing physical pressure. He can be counted on to play a physical style of hockey and is aggressive on the forecheck. He recognizes the importance of playing his role in the defensive structure, but needs to improve in his own end to truly be considered a great a two-way player. Sometimes he wants to make the big hit and it puts him out of position in his own end. He is someone who comes to the rink to compete and rarely takes a shift off.
The Draft Analyst:
Ranked 50th: Some fans in the Boston area might say that it’s impossible to clone uberpest Brad Marchand. But no draft eligible can irritate, annoy and infuriate in a Marchand-esque way like Grewe, who has the skill and the hands to back up his pestiferousness. There are two types of “dirty” players — the one who breaks every rule in the book and the other being a hard-nosed, lunchpail type who does a lot of heavy lifting for his coach. Grewe is most certainly the latter, and if he played baseball, he would have his pockets full of infield dirt by the second inning. Grewe is a strong skater with excellent balance who takes the puck inside with authority and confidence. He is a two-way forward of the throwback variety because he applies relentless pressure on the forcecheck and is physical during the PK. Additionally, Grewe finishes his checks on defensemen, and he’s next to impossible to knock off the puck once he collects it off the turnover his pressure created. Grewe is shifty and quick with a strong lower body and leg drive that helps him knock down bigger opponents. He’s one of the draft’s best penalty killers, but his two-way play and effort should not be considered his way of compensating for a lack of puck skills — Grewe is an open-ice threat with keen vision and quick release on his shot. He is one of the few kids in this draft who is willing to pay any price for going into the rink’s most dangerous areas.
Trevor Thompson interviewed Grewe at the development camp, and he seems to have the right attitude to lead himself to success:
Grewe looked good at the Red Wings development camp. He’s likely headed back to the SHL next season, but his most impressive quality, his competitiveness, means that you can count on him doing everything he needs to do to make it to North American ice sooner rather than later.
If he’s able to reach his potential, Detroit could have a tenacious player with the ability to contribute offensively in a few seasons, and that’s something any team would be happy to have.