MLive’s Ansar Khan profiles Red Wings prospect Gustav Lindstrom this morning. Lindstrom will join the Grand Rapids Griffins this season after winning an SHL championship with the Frolunda Indians this past season:
Lindstrom is a good-skating, puck-moving defenseman who likes to deliver hits – not the Niklas Kronwall-like crushing open-ice variety, but he makes his presence felt.
“That’s a big part of my game. I like to play aggressive and physical,” Lindstrom said. “When you get the chance, of course you want to hit like Kronwall, but that’s hard.”’
Lindstrom, 20, appeared in 40 games for Frolunda, which is known for player development and stresses puck possession and up-tempo play. The club won the Swedish championship. It should help him prepare for the AHL.
“It was really fun season, both for me and for the team,” Lindstrom said. “We had Joel Lundqvist as our captain (twin brother of Rangers’ goaltender Henrik). He’s won World Championships and the Swedish League four times and the European Cup three times. I learned a lot from him, the winning culture. It helped me to know what you have to do to win.
“I think I developed (well). I’ve grown as a person, too, off the ice. I think my physical game and my skating was better last year than the year before.”