An offensive defenseman with great size and a right-handed shot. A great skater who glides smoothly and uses his edges very well. Owns very good puck skills and a good shot. Needs to improve his decision-making and defensive play. Projects to become a middle-pair defenseman at the NHL level.
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January 2020 – Grans started the season at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup where his performance was a bit disappointing considering he was one of the best-known prospects on the team after already playing five SHL games at age 16. He only had one point in five games in the tournament, and the things that mostly stood out were not positive for him. But since then, his season has gone much better. His 22 points in 22 games put him second among under-18 defensemen in J20 SuperElit, and his points-per-game average is the best among any defenseman who has played at least 15 games in the league. Grans has also played 15 games at the men’s level in the SHL where he has scored two points. Grans averaged just 6:37 of ice time in his first eight SHL games but since then, he’s been averaging 13:47 over the next seven games – a clear sign of him starting to figure out how to be a regular in that league.
Grans is an offensive defenseman with great size and a right-handed shot which is always valuable. He is a great skater who glides very smoothly and is very good at using his edges. Grans makes very good breakout passes and he loves to join the rush. His passing skills are very good but he also owns a good shot, although he should use it more and work on his accuracy as well. Grans has a lot of room for improvement in his defensive game. He is far more likely to be used on the power play than on the penalty kill which speaks volumes about his strengths and weaknesses. But his biggest weakness right now is his decision-making which can be baffling at times. He can make good decisions with the puck most of the time but the mistakes he makes are massive and unexplainable.
Despite the flaws in his game, Grans owns some of the best physical tools in the draft, so a team that trusts him to figure things out could select him in the first round. But a more likely scenario is that he gets drafted in the second round. Grans will likely spend the majority of this season in the SHL and he is also expected to play a big role for Team Sweden at the U18 Worlds, so he definitely has a good opportunity to improve his draft stock before June. Jokke Nevalainen