Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs have sign their Swedish prospect Petter Granberg (PEH-tuhr GRAN-buhrg) last week to a three-year entry level contract.
Granberg, who is a 19 year old native of Gallivare, Sweden, was draft in the 4th (116th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Granberg, standing at 6’3″ and 205lbs, is a big and strong stay at home defenseman. His focus is solely on defensive positioning and technique and will never be an asset on the offensive side of the game of hockey. Granberg plays a simple and safe game with the puck and will not shy away from the physical nature of the NHL.
Granbery played at least a game in the SEL League in Europe with Skelleftea HC for the past three seasons. His offensive number were low, but what was most appealing were his low penalty minutes and a plus/minus ratings around zero.
Granberg also won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta, Canada.
From my perspective Granberg’s future playing time with the Toronto Maple Leafs is unknown. I may be a few years, if not several injuries before Granberg finds himself a spot with the Maple Leafs’ defense core.
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