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Behind The Bench: David Rundblad

by on 09/08/2011

Vitals

Born: Lycksele, SWE
Birth date: October 8, 1990
Height: 6’2” (189 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (89 kg)
Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
NHL Draft: 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2009
NHL Team: Ottawa Senators
Jersey No.: –
National Team: Sweden
NHL Contract: $1,500,000
Cap Hit: 12/13

History

Rundblad spent the 2007-08 season with Skelleftea’s U20 team, where he played 35 games and tallied 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points. He also competed at the U-18 World Juniors for Sweden where he played 6 games and tallied 1 point. The following season, Rundblad played for Skelleftea in the SEL. He played in 45 games and tallied 10 assists. He also helped Sweden win a silver medal at the World Junior Championships where he played 6 games and tallied 2 points. For his outstanding play, NHL Central Scouting ranked Rundblad 6th among European skaters. The St. Louis Blues drafted him 17th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Rundblad started the 2009-10 season with Skelleftea’s J20 team, scoring 4 points in 3 games before joining the big club. He played 47 games with Skelleftea and scored 1 goal and 12 assists. Rundblad was a big part of Sweden’s Bronze Medal Team at the World Juniors, scoring 5 points in 6 games. It was announced on June 10, 2010, Rundblad had signed a three-year NHL entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues. Rundblad was traded 15 days later to the Ottawa Senators for their 16th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which the Blues used to select Vladimir Tarasenko.

Rundblad played 55 games with Skelleftea in the 2010-11 season and finished with an impressive 50 points. The second highest point total of any defensemen in SEL history. Only David Petrasek has scored more points as a defenseman; 53 points in 52 games during the 2009-10 season. Rundblad finished the season leading the league in assists (39) and leading all defensemen in scoring (50). He was awarded the Salming Trophy as the league’s best defenseman. Rundblad also represented Sweden at the World Championship; he appeared in 4 games and tallied 1 assist.

Talent Analysis

Rundblad is an offensive minded defenseman with poise and excellent puck-moving acumen. He is an averaged-sized defender with a very projectable frame at 6’2” and close to 200 lbs. He has very good on-ice vision and anticipation. Rundblad is a very slick stickhandler who likes to move the puck around the offensive zone. He is a good skater with good speed. Rundblad handles the puck up the ice and in the offensive zone with a lot of confidence. He is very capable of quarterbacking a power play. He has a big shot from the point that is fairly accurate and is capable of making tap-to-tape passes to create scoring chances.

In his own zone, Rundblad tends to play above himself and makes the harder plays in his own zone. He needs to learn to be more aggressive while keeping it simple in his own zone to be better at the NHL level. If he improves his defensive game, he could become a high-scoring two-way defenseman.

Rundblad will need to learn the North American game and increase the physicality in his game and strengthen himself in order to maximize his potential.

Future

It’s likely that both Jared Cowen and Rundblad will join the Senators for their 20th season and be a part of their bottom 4. Rundblad should play on the third pairing while receiving some 2nd unit power play time but should Sergei Gonchar struggle as he did last season, expect Rundblad to move up the depth chart and see more ice time. He should develop into a reliable, all-round, puck-moving defenseman capable of 25-35 points a season. Rundblad will turn a few heads in his rookie season and his production should reflect his ability. Expect Rundblad to tally 20+ assists during his rookie campaign, ending his season with 30 points.

Erik Karlsson may headline a group of high potential defensemen in Ottawa but Rundblad will be the one to steal the show. The Senators have great defensive prospects in Karlsson, Rundblad, Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch; it’s only a matter of time until they all make an impact at the NHL level. Last season it was Karlsson, this coming season it will be Rundblad and possibly Cowen.

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 17th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Career Highlights

  • 2006-07 TV-Pucken Most Goals by Defenseman (4)
  • 2007-08 J20 SuperElit (North) Most Goals by Defenseman (11)
  • 2007-08 J20 SuperElit (North) Most Points by Defenseman (22)
  • 2007-08 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Champion
  • 2008-09 U20 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2009-10 U20 WJC Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 Elitserien All-Star Team
  • 2010-11 Elitserien Salming Trophy
  • 2010-11 Elitserien Most Assists (39)
  • 2010-11 Elitserien Most Assists by Defenseman (39)
  • 2010-11 Elitserien Most Points by Defenseman (50)
  • 2010-11 Elitserien SM Silver Medal
  • 2010-11 World Championship Silver Medal

Career Stats

Division 2: 12 GP, 5 A, 2 A, 7 Pts
Elitserien:
153 GP, 12 G, 61 A, 73 Pts
Elitserien Playoffs:
40 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 Pts
International:
19 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
International –Jr:
55 GP, 12 G, 17 A, 29 Pts
J18 Allsvenskan:
6 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts
J18 Elit:
2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 Pts
SuperElit:
64 GP, 24 G, 28 A, 52 Pts
SuperElit Playoffs:
4 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts
TV-Pucken:
8 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 6 Pts
WC:
4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt
WJC-19:
6 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt
WJC-U20:
12 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 Pts

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