What’s The Deal With David Rundblad?

In amongst the surprise of Roberto Luongo going back to Florida, the shallow return for Thomas Vanek and the Captain for Captain trade between the Bolts and Rangers, you could be forgiven for not giving a second thought to a move that sent to young D men to Chicago in exchange for a 2nd round pick at this years draft.

Mathieu Brisebois is a 21-year old, undrafted blue liner from Quebec. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, he’s spent the season with Portland in the AHL. He is, in many ways, an unremarkable player who may never make the NHL.

The second player is David Rundblad – who will now move to his fourth NHL club.

He’s 23…

David Runblad

Drafted 17th overall by St Louis at the 2009 draft, Rundblad was with the Blues for less than a year and never played a game for the organisation.

He was sent to Ottawa 364 days later in exchange for the 16th overall pick (which St Louis used to select Vladimir Tarasenko), but remained in Sweden with Skelleftea until the 2011/12 season.

The Lycksele native played in 24 games for the Senators (notching 1 goal and 4 points) before being traded to Phoenix, along with a 2nd round pick, for Kyle Turris.

Rundblad donned the Coyotes jersey 6 times, but spent much of the remainder of the season with Portland in the AHL. The lockout shortened 2012/13 campaign meant he would remain with the Pirates for much of the year, notching an impressive 9 goals and 39 points, but the 8 NHL games he did play in were enough to convince Phoenix to offer him a two year extension in the summer.

This season he has played just 12 times for the Coyotes, and had a conditioning stint with Portland in late February.

Yesterday’s trade sees him land a spot with the defending Stanley Cup champions, on a blue line deeper than the one who failed to crack in Arizona.

Rundblad would not be the first prospect to flame out. He was highly thought of at one time, and presumably that reputation is what keeps teams interested in him.

You could perhaps forgive Ottawa for moving him; Turris was a talented young centre in need of a change. But why were St Louis and Phoenix so willing to part with him? And why did he fail to make such an impact with the Coyotes?

It’s not unusual for a player to notch up four, or more, clubs in a career – but to do so before you turn 25, and with just 50 NHL games under your belt, theres got to be something more to this, hasn’t there?


About Rob

Software engineer by day, Elite League Media man by night, Rob also blogs about cricket for One Stump Short, hockey for In Goal Magazine and video games for Outpost Delta as well as hosting the One Stump Short Podcast.

Posted on March 5, 2014, in Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Hockey, NHL and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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