With the 38th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Red Wings select defenseman Gustav Lindstrom out of Sweden.
Here’s what we know:
A puck-rushing defenseman who plays a well-rounded game. He displays impressive passing skills as he dishes out crisp and accurate passes. He is a good stick handler and carries the puck up ice with confidence. He sees passing lanes and open ice very well when going back to retrieve the puck and displays a strong ability to play a long accurate outlet pass, transitioning from defense to offense in a split second.
Lindstrom had nine points in 48 games last season. He projects as a 3-4 defenseman. He has a comparable game to Mark Streit, according to Sportsnet. The Red Wings go off the book here.
Red Wings go defense here - Lindstrom is a right-shooting rearguard with a 6’2” frame. He’s often lauded most for his skating ability. He can be a dangerous attacker, but there’s a lot of question surrounding the pick - again.
Worth noting that the Red Wings have deep ties in Sweden with superscout Hakan Andersson - that’s reason to believe that Lindstrom may be a sleeper pick.