Kevin Stenlund

by Kevin Wickersham on October 9, 2017

Kevin Stenlund, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-04

Weight: 201

Born: 1996-09-20

Hometown: Stockholm, SWE

Drafted: 58th overall in the second round of the 2015 draft

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

October 2017 - Eight SHL contests into the year, Stenlund has missed all but one of HV71's games due to injury and has yet to register a point. He is reportedly close to returning and recently re-joined the team's practice sessions. The club, featuring additional top NHL prospects Erik Brännström and Linus Söderström currently occupies fourth place in the 14-team league with a 4-3-1-0 record. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – Stenlund is a rising factor in the Jackets’ pivot plans. Initially considered a second round reach by many, the physical and cerebral Swedish playmaker upped his game significantly in 2016-17 totaling 13 goals and seven assists in 48 SHL contests with H71, adding ten points (four goals, six assists) in their title-winning 16-game postseason run. Stenlund excelled on the HV71 J20 SuperElit squad the previous campaign, with 24 points in 17 games, but couldn’t find his scoring touch in limited ice time against more experienced SHL completion with just two points in 43 games. His large frame compliments a no-nonsense approach that generates abundant quality, close-range scoring chances for himself and linemates. A highly skilled puckhandler that eschews the fancy stuff. Stenlund could stand to increase his acceleration as speedier NHL play potentially approaches, but his combination of grit and offensive skill may take the 20-year-old far. Kevin Wickersham

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Rapidly ascending physical center with instinctive scoring touch. With increased skating speed he may do some impressive NHL damage. 

Footage: Kevin Stenlund scores for HV71 against Rögle BK in J20

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