Kevin Stenlund

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

Fantasy Summary

Rapidly ascending physical center with instinctive scoring touch. With increased skating speed he may do some impressive NHL damage.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 20, 1996
Height 6‘4”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 58

Observations

January 2019 – The Blue Jackets have assigned Stenlund to Cleveland of the AHL. He played in the first four games of his NHL career but was held scoreless. He has the offensive upside to warrant future call-ups. It is unlikely that we have seen the last of him in the NHL. Frank Pellegrini

January 2019 – Stenlund was called up by the Blue Jackets and made his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals. He was held scoreless but saw an impressive twelve minutes of ice time. He was great in the faceoff circle as well by winning three of four draws. Frank Pellegrini

November 2018 – Stenlund was impressive in the 2018 Traverse City Tournament. In four games, he posted five goals, two assists and a tournament leading plus six rating. Unfortunately it was not enough to earn a spot with the Blue Jackets out of training camp. Instead, Stenlund will start the year with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL where he will get acclimated to the North American style of play. His ceiling is that of a second-line center and his floor is that of a bottom-six center. Frank Pellegrini

July 2018 – After being slowed by injuries early last year, Stenlund finished strong with 16 points in 24 games for HV71 of the SHL. On March 16th, Stenlund was assigned to the Blue Jacket’s AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, where he notched two assists in seven games with six shots on goal. The big 21-year-old Swede will take time to adapt his game to fit the smaller North American rinks. Hopefully he can continue to develop his scoring touch in order to have any fantasy relevancy. Don’t expect Stenlund to be more than an emergency call-up for the Jackets this coming schedule. Jesse Sherman

December 2017 – After recovering from his early campaign injuries, Stenlund is starting to find the physical game he displayed toward the end of last year. We’d expect an increase over his three-goal, three-assist totals through 19 games shortly. The key for both Stenlund and HV71, last year’s champs sitting now at 11-12-3-1, is to maintain consistency. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 – Eight SHL contests into the year, Stenlund has missed all but one of HV71’s games due to injury and has yet to register a point. He is reportedly close to returning and recently re-joined the team’s practice sessions. The club, featuring additional top NHL prospects Erik Brännström and Linus Söderström currently occupies fourth place in the 14-team league with a 4-3-1-0 record. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – Stenlund is a rising factor in the Jackets’ pivot plans. Initially considered a second round reach by many, the physical and cerebral Swedish playmaker upped his game significantly in 2016-17 totaling 13 goals and seven assists in 48 SHL contests with H71, adding ten points (four goals, six assists) in their title-winning 16-game postseason run. Stenlund excelled on the HV71 J20 SuperElit squad the previous campaign, with 24 points in 17 games, but couldn’t find his scoring touch in limited ice time against more experienced SHL completion with just two points in 43 games. His large frame compliments a no-nonsense approach that generates abundant quality, close-range scoring chances for himself and linemates. A highly skilled puckhandler that eschews the fancy stuff. Stenlund could stand to increase his acceleration as speedier NHL play potentially approaches, but his combination of grit and offensive skill may take the 20-year-old far. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Stockholm 2 TV-Pucken 8 5 6 11 4 |          
  Botkyrka HC J18 J18 Div.1 16 24 15 39 44 | Qualification 5 4 4 8 20 
  Botkyrka HC J20 J20 Elit 2 0 0 0 0 | Qualification 5 3 0 3
  Botkyrka HC Division 2 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 5 1 2 3 0 |          
 2013-2014 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 3 2 0 2 0 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 6 6 3 9 4 |          
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 29 4 5 9 16 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2
 2014-2015 HV71 J20 SuperElit 36 14 22 36 16 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4
  HV71 SHL 17 1 0 1 2 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 0 3 3 0 |          
 2015-2016 HV71 J20 SuperElit 17 5 19 24 31 |          
  HV71 Champions HL 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  HV71 SHL 43 1 1 2 20 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
  HC Vita Hästen Allsvenskan 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2016-2017 HV71 Champions HL 4 1 2 3 0 |          
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 3 2 1 3 12 |          
  HV71 SHL 48 13 7 20 16 | Playoffs 16 4 6 10
  Västerviks IK Allsvenskan 2 1 3 4 2 |          
 2017-2018 HV71 SHL 43 7 15 22 28 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  HV71 Champions HL 3 2 1 3 2 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 7 0 2 2 4 |          
 2018-2019 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 0 0 0 4 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 59 15 10 25 12 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1

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