TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 8 - Petter Granberg

Justin Fisher
September 04 2013 06:41AM

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Of all Toronto Maple Leafs prospects, Petter Granberg is likely the biggest riser. Amongst a prospect pool that is largely three or four years away (or more) from competing for an NHL roster spot, Granberg has emerged from the relative unknown to actually push for a job as early as this upcoming season.
 
Despite his quiet development, Granberg has accomplished quite a bit since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Besides appearing in 73 games for Skelleftea's men's team (with whom he won an Elitserien Championship), Granberg has an U18 World Junior Championships silver medal, a U20 World Junior Championships gold medal, and a World Championship gold medal. 
 
That's a tremendous amount of hardware for a defenceman who just turned 21 last week. And according to Jim Hughes, the Leafs' Directory of Player Development, there's good reason why Granberg has been so successful - here's what he told the Toronto Sun at the Leafs prospect camp back in July
 

"He's got a great stick, he's got tight gaps… you can't beat him off the rush. He's a containment guy, but the older he gets, the more aggression he has in his game. When we first had him here [at prospect camp] three years ago, he was almost polite. Now he has lots of push-back."

 
In all likelihood, Granberg starts the season with the Marlies, where he'll have to battle for ice time and likely see his fair share of healthy scratches considering Toronto's blue line depth. Don't mistake that as punishment though, as Granberg will likely be one of the first Marlies defenders to get a call up in an injury situation. 
 
Granberg has a valuable right-handed shot, and plays the kind of simple, hard-nosed game that Randy Carlyle likes. I ranked Granberg ahead of other defenders (and forwards, for that matter) because I believe him to be closer to the NHL than most. It's very hard to deny Granberg high billing considering his rapid development pace and truckload of accolades.
 
Looking for a comparison? Ugh, of course you are. Don't you know these things are stupid? Granberg is big, strong, contributes assists here and there, and defends well. So, Philadelphia's Luke Schenn? Ottawa's March Methot? Probably more like Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson, but certainly not as dreamy...
 
 

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Justin Fisher is The Leafs Nation's Managing Editor. After the game, he's a handsome vigilante who fights crime and frequents late night food trucks.
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#1 WesternDP
September 04 2013, 09:03AM
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Right-handed shot too? I did not know that. That makes me feel a little bit better about the Leaf's defensive prospects. Things look good.

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#3 Steve Dangle
September 04 2013, 11:22AM
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Justin Fisher wrote:

Yup. Blacker, Granberg and Nilsson all shoot right.

Leafs have a very solid group of defensive prospects, not that that's a secret.

Which is why they did the right thing and bought out Li-....never mind.

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#4 Sean Jeffrey
September 04 2013, 11:43AM
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Keep the articles coming slave boy!

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#5 WesternDP
September 04 2013, 01:51PM
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Justin Fisher wrote:

Yup. Blacker, Granberg and Nilsson all shoot right.

Leafs have a very solid group of defensive prospects, not that that's a secret.

I knew Blacker shot right, but Granberg and Nilsson really improve the situation. Righties are rarer.

I had looked at the defensive prospects and remembered the depth, but thought there were lots of lefties. Well, scratch that problem off the list.

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#6 Cam Charron
September 04 2013, 03:15PM
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Unfortunately, Morgan Rielly shoots lfet.

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#7 Cam Charron
September 04 2013, 03:15PM
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Cam Charron wrote:

Unfortunately, Morgan Rielly shoots lfet.

GET IT? RIELLY DOESN'T SHOOT RGIHT!

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#8 WesternDP
September 04 2013, 03:49PM
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Not sure if anyone else saw this, but I saw it on a Blackhawk blog:

"ROOKIE TOURNEY ON TV You can see the Hawk rookie tourney game versus the Leafs tomorrow here: http://www.hockeystreams.com/ref/51981"

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