2017 NHL Draft
Steve Kournianos | 05/11/2017 | New York |
Height / Weight: 5’9, 173 lbs
Born: September 2, 1999 | Eksjo, Sweden
The Draft Analyst Ranking:
|2016-17||HV71 J20 (Superelit)||19||9||14||23||+15||18|
|2016-17||U18 WC (Sweden)||7||2||3||5||-5||0|
|2016-17||U18 Hlinka (Sweden)||5||2||1||3||-4||31|
|2015-16||HV71 J20 (Superelit)||41||8||22||30||-4||26|
|2015-16||U18 WC (Sweden)||7||1||3||4||E||10|
|2015-16||World U17 HC (Sweden)||6||3||0||3||**||2|
|2015-16||U18 Hlinka (Sweden)||5||0||3||3||-3||4|
|2014-15||HV71 J18 (J18 Elit)||18||2||13||15||+8||14|
|2014-15||HV71 J18 (J18 Allsvenskan)||15||6||7||13||+11||14|
Brannstrom is an outstanding two-way puck rusher with a heavy shot who was one of the leading scorers in Sweden’s top junior league . A powerful skater with excellent balance and agility, Brannstrom makes up for a slight height disadvantage by processing the game at an extremely high level. He epitomizes leadership on the ice thanks to a “take charge” attitude, and the decisiveness and timeliness of his plays makes me think he is a special talent with a bright future ahead of him. Every shift is treated like an opportunity to attack, and he is one of the better draft-eligible defenders at spinning away from or powering through pressure.
Brannstrom is a shifty playmaker who loves to carry the puck up the ice and into the offensive zone, but he’s equally adept at splitting the zone with an accurate home run pass. He doesn’t let height limitations stop him from giving an opponent the business, and he has a strong upper body to literally shove players off the puck. A player for all situations, Brannstrom is an on-ice general who has both the puck skills and intangibles to become a very good NHL defender.