Adrian Kempe's Scouting Report on Carl Grundstrom - LA Kings Insider

Carl Grundstrom made his debut with Ontario Reign and immediately found himself in the middle of the action.

The 21-year-old Swede picked up the primary assist on Matt Moulson’s first period goal, the lone goal the Reign would score in their 6-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls.

His impact came as no surprise his former MODO and Team Sweden teammate, Adrian Kempe.

“He’s a good guy, and a better player,” Kempe said. “He’ll be a good fit in this organization, and it’s a good add — I’m happy to have him here.”

Grundstrom quarterbacked the power play and skated on the top line with Moulson and Philippe Maillet. He adds a scoring option to a team that has struggled to put the puck in the net, as the Reign have scored the fewest goals among all teams in the Pacific Division.

With his assist against the Gulls, Grundstrom hit the 30-point plateau for the season (13-17=30). In doing so, he became just the third player to suit up for the Reign and surpass 30 points (Moulson and Sheldon Rempal).

It was just one game, but Grundstrom brought a different element to the Reign in his debut.

A quick scouting report on the positives from his game via Pension Plan Puppets:

If you needed one word to describe Grundstrom, it would be that he’s a tank. Honestly. Despite only being six-feet nothing, the Swede is solid as a rock and cannot be moved. His go-to move when he first arrived in Toronto was standing in front of the net and banging in rebounds while his perimeter-shooting linemates took target practice. He was very good at his role, and as he got more comfortable with his new team, we saw some nice additions to his game.

Once he got comfortable in front of the opposition’s net, he slowly began to branch out and work on his play farther and farther from the blue paint. His distributing ability from the side of the net has improved — it’s a play he uses a lot on the power play — but the most underrated part of Grundstrom’s game now is easily his shot. He has a cannon of a wrister and snapper that he’s gotten really good at using when coming down the wing off the rush. He’s got a great pair of hands that have served him really well in those tight spaces in front of the goalie, but it’s also proven useful when he comes in at speed.

An immovable six-foot “tank” with good hands and a hard shot that he deploys off the rush may sound familiar for LA Kings fans.

“He’s still so young, but he kinda looks like [Dustin] Brown a little bit out there,” Kempe said of Grundstrom’s style of play.

“He’s heavy, plays really hard, but he has a lot of skill to his game.”

Writer’s note: The 22-year-old Kempe calling the 21-year-old Grundstrom “young” made me feel older than I’ve ever felt in my life.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.