Colonials 2017 draft analysisby Gary Graves | August 28, 2017, 12:39 PM ET
Colonials 2017 draft analysis
While the Colonials spent most of the days leading up to the draft dealing away most of its picks and some prospects to acquire some higher level talented players like David Pastrnak and John Klingberg, the team did end up with two later 2nd round selections.
#46 Maxime Comtois
TSN Bob McKenzie ranked at #37
Once considered a top-five pick, Comtois’ star has fallen mainly in part to a season of mild struggles. Coming off a 26 goal, 60 point campaign in 62 games in 2015-16 with the Victoriaville Tigres, his offensive numbers dipped to just 22 goals and 51 points in 64 games.
Nevertheless, one season of mild struggles is not a huge concern, given Comtois’s strong work ethic. Colonials scouting staff recognize this and considering the team didn’t have a first-round selection, we are pretty happy to get a first-round type of forward in Comtois.
Comtois, a power forward, is already well-developed from a physical standpoint and uses that to his advantage in delivering hard hits and winning net-front battles.
GM Graves on Comtois “We like what we have seen, he has amazing hockey IQ, plays a 200-foot game, competes hard, shows up every shift, and is willing and able to play physically."
#52 Gustav Lindstrom
TSN Bob McKenzie ranked at #85
Hockeyprospect.com had him at No. 109
Maybe a surprise pick to some at #52, but the Colonials staff see potential in Lindstrom.
He is a puck rushing defenseman who plays a well-rounded game. He displays impressive passing skills as he dishes out crisp and accurate passes. He is a good stick handler and carries the puck up ice with confidence.
In 48 games with Almtuna IS of the Allsvenakan, Lindstrom recorded two goals, nine points and was a minus -11.
Lindstom has the puck skills to quarterback a powerplay unit. He sees lanes to push the puck deep into the zone to his awaiting forwards and open skating lanes to take the puck towards the net himself. He communicates with his defensive partner and goaltender very well.
Defensively he has some growth potential but currently he utilizes his stick to close off lanes and is willing to employ a physical game to keep opponents in check. He is a defender who can jump the rushes and who can play a good two-way game.
Former SICHL all-star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had this to say about the young swede, “Gustav is good with the puck and good at finding open players with his first pass. He plays hard and his ‘compete level’ is high. Room for improvement in his skating but that will come as he plays against older players this year.”