The Detroit Red Wings have selected forward Albin Grewe with the 66th overall pick:
At 66th, Wings draft forward Albin Grewe. Models his game after Brad Marchand. Great interview at combine.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 22, 2019
Red Wings take Albin Grewe. Physical forward from Sweden with some skill who compares himself to Brad Marchand. Will be a fan favorite prospect.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) June 22, 2019
Albin Grewe to Detroit at No. 66. If he makes it, anyone who isn’t the Red Wings is going to hate that guy.
I spoke to a Swedish coach who is convinced that Grewe will be an NHL player because he’s made for North American pro hockey.— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) June 22, 2019
Scouts seem very torn about Grewe, who was nicknamed ‘T-Rex’ by one of his coaches for the way he hunts down opponents on the forecheck. Is he a grinder? Is he a scorer? Bouncing between the SHL and junior, he has shown both.— Sarah Lindenau (@Lindy72) June 22, 2019
NHL.com on Albin Grewe:
• Grewe spent the majority of the 2018-19 season with Djurgardens’ junior team where he ranked fourth on his team in points with 13-21—34 in 25 games and first in penalty minutes with 102. In the postseason, Grewe recorded 2-4—6 to help his club capture the league’s silver medal.
• A three-time medalist internationally, Grewe helped Team Sweden earn gold at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship with a pair of goals in seven contests, silver at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and bronze at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship.
• His head coach, Robert Ohlsson, says he plays like a T-Rex: “He is the highest in the food chain, a T-Rex, eats everything and believes that everything is under him.”
• Models his style of play after Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.
#RedWings fifth pick (No. 66 in 3rd round) RW Albin Grewe listed at 5-11, 190, shoots left, from Djugarden Jrs. in Sweden, where he had 13-21–34 in 25 games, with 102 PM.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 22, 2019
ranked 13-88, variously
2019-20 djurgardens SHL (swedish league)
“strong skater… relentless forecheck… trash talker… committed brand of defense… energy… slick stickhandler… dangerous in offensive end.”
2018-19 40GP 13G 21A— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) June 22, 2019
66. DET. Albin Grewe. Plays with an edge and with creativity. Skates powerful but the technique could be better. A powerforward with smooth hands and good playmaking. Strong offensive hitter, “Forsberg hits”. Can be used in various roles. #NHLDraft #RedWings— Jimmy Hamrin (@jimmyhamrin) June 22, 2019
Scouting Report: A versatile forward who can line up at both center and wing, he likes to impose his will on opponents and grind games out. Can also put up points, though not naturally. Has the makings of a stellar bottom-six forward at the highest level, though he may need to cut down on his number of penalty minutes and become more consistent in order to maximize output. Must also prove he can produce good totals against stiffer competition.
Long Range Potential: Versatile grinder with some upside.
Grewe, who can play both center and the wing, split the season between Djurgarden’s top team in the SHL and the organization’s U-20 club. There are questions regarding how much offense Grewe will provide down the road, but he seems like a pretty good bet to develop into an NHL regular. He brings a ton of energy to the table and will display flashes of above-average skill every now and then. Grewe is a much more effective player when he plays in a straight line and is consistently driving to the net. His floor is high and there is theoretically some untapped offensive potential here.