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#5 Gustav Lindstrom
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 10/20/98
From: Ostervala, SWE
Height: 6'2
Weight: 187
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2017 draft 2nd rnd, 38th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed to 2-yr contract by Grand Rapids (AHL) 4/3/18
Plus: Cerebral player with ice water in his veins... Plays poised game... Great first pass... Will play physcial and likes to hit... Makes good decisions... Solid stick-checker takes away lanes... High Compete Level...
Minus: Not a flashy player, no area of his game stands out... Skating could still use some work...
Organizational Comments: Wings Dir of Player Development Shawn Horcoff "He's got a great first pass and good poise with the puck. If he makes a mistake, it doesn't shred his game - he thrives and still plays the same game. And he's physical - he likes to hit."
What GRC says: 2019-20 Lindstrom plays with icewater in his veins, rarely getting rattled and playing with poise far beyond his experience level. A gifted skater, he has come a long way in a short time after starting out the season looking pretty overwhelmed. He does a lot of things right, including a great first pass out of the zone, his positioning is pretty good, and he has the speed to open things up if he heeds to. He isn't fancy and won't stand out, but really just seems to be in the right place at the right time. It remains to be seen whether his offense game will translate to the North American ice, but he has the skill set to make you expect more.
Fall 2019 Ranked as the 25th best European sakter in his draft class, Lindstrom has continued to develop his game in the SEL becoming a go-to defender. While he will play a physical game, he is steady but not flashy and won't overwhelm anyone. However he plays a head's-up poised game and does not make many mistakes. Once he adjusts to the smaller ice surface, expect him to become a coaches favorite for his safe play.

Role: Two-Way Defender
Projection: Top four NHL Defenseman


9/16/18 Signed 3-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
9/28/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/5/20 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/24/20 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/24/20 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
8/17/20 Loaned to Almtuna (SWE 2)
12/22/20 Returned on loan from Almtuna (SWE 2)
1/12/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
2/1/21 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)