The Rundblad Rundown.
Didn’t see that one coming.
I won’t lie, I’m rather disappointed, particularly seeing the trade did not include a 2nd.
But, on the bright side, the Sens acquired a player much more NHL ready than anything they would have selected at 16th, unfortunately, it’s another defenseman.
This makes Lee, Karlsson, Cowen, Wiercioch, and now Rundblad.
That’s a lot of prospect depth on D.
Makes one wonder why that 16th could not have been converted to a more mature forward prospect…
One can only assume that the Ottawa scouts believe they have a good crack at a player near as good as anything their 16th would have garnered, or that Rundblad is considerably superior to any of those players still on the board by the time Murray got the call to the podium.
Here’s the run down on Rundblad. He’s an offensive minded defenseman, with sound puck moving skills and a decent shot. He currently comes in at 6’2″, 198 lbs, and plays with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Elite League.
Fortunately, the impending coach of this team is none other than Anders Forsberg, who just happens to also be the soon to be resigning Sens scout in SWE. Here’s what Forsberg had to say about Rundblad, and his acquisition;
“Big shot. Powerplay guy. Reminds a lot of Erik Karlsson, but bigger. It’s a real good pick, a real good trade. Lot of skills. Shocked when [the trade] came up for Rundblad, because he has a real good future in the NHL. I don’t know why they’d make the decision to trade him. I know him so well, known him for five years, and know almost everything about him. He needs to be stronger. Big body, but needs to fill out.”
Certainly sounds positive, and with the franchise connection, one can hope Rundblad benefits from some special attention, development wise.
Some will no doubt pan this move, and I’m not about to leap to its defense, but, just as would be the case with a 16th over-all pick, only time will tell.