The Ontario Reign were being back again on the ice this morning for the 1st time the team’s 5-3 acquire over Colorado on Saturday, right after savoring a limited split many thanks to the All-Star Level of competition.
Absent from the group that played on Saturday are 4 players – Matt Luff, Sean Walker, Mike Amadio and Austin Wagner – as the quartet joined the Kings for their east coast swing. Even so, in the fold was forward Carl Grundstrom, who was obtained by the LA Kings group on Monday, as a aspect of the trade that despatched defenseman Jake Muzzin to Toronto.
Grundstrom, who skated on a line previously now together with forwards Matt Moulson and Philippe Maillet, admitted that, originally, it took him by shock when he was told that he’d be on the shift.
“I was a tiny little bit stunned, of class,” he mentioned, when requested about his first reactions to hearing he was traded. “In any other case, it is just pack your stuff and get out of there. Kyle Dubas named me, he enable me know and right after that, Rob [Blake] named me as well.”
Toronto to the South Bay…two wonderful spots, but unquestionably entirely distinct climates for the 1st-year forward.
“Yeah, it was freezing in Toronto, so it was pleasant to come out listed here in the sunlight,” Grundstrom mentioned with a giggle. “It feels wonderful… It really is a pleasant location for certain.”
And a youthful, Swedish participant coming to a new group, you would not picture he’d see as well several familiar faces, right? Perfectly, completely wrong. Through his time sporting the Three Crowns on his jersey, Grundstrom has spent time together with a pair of current Kings at the intercontinental stage.
“I played with Adrian Kempe at MODO and with the national crew,” Grundstrom mentioned. “I know him, and I also played a person or two games on the national crew with [Oscar] Fantenberg as very well.”
Grundstrom delivers an offensive punch to the Reign, combining speed and edge with an offensive flair (29 factors from 43 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies).
“I believe I participate in rapid and really hard.” Grundstrom mentioned right after present-day apply. “I like to rating and be creative with the puck as very well.”
While technically a rookie by equally NHL and AHL requirements, Grundstrom delivers 26 games of Calder Cup Playoff practical experience across two seasons, which include a Calder Cup Championship a year ago with the Marlies. Immediately after finishing his campaign with Frolunda in the major division in Sweden, Grundstrom headed to Jap Canada to join the Marlies for playoffs.
The 19-year-aged forward became an offensive chief for the Marlies, finishing 2nd on the crew with 8 targets as Toronto went on to acquire the Calder Cup in June. Grundstrom gathered a target and an support in a decisive Recreation 7, his 2nd multi-position match of the collection.
“It was seriously great for certain” Grundstrom mentioned of his championship run previous year. “We had a wonderful crew there, had a great run, it was seriously a pleasant practical experience. Naturally, it was seriously pleasurable to acquire the Calder Cup.”
While his time in Toronto didn’t necessitate a transform of surroundings to obtain good results – Grundstrom is tied for sixth in the AHL in targets by a rookie and eighth in factors – the transform may possibly present him with new prospects. While he begins his journey in the Kings group with Ontario, Grundstrom hopes his time will eventually direct him to STAPLES Center.
“Yeah, hopefully, I believe I have got a great prospect listed here,” he mentioned. “I have just got to participate in very well and participate in my finest and continue to keep functioning. Hopefully, I am going to have a great shot listed here.”