Born October 8, 1990 (age 21) in Lycksele, Sweden
Defenseman for the Ottawa Senators
Rundblad is interesting because he just had his official NHL debut almost a month ago. So how did he get to this stage? He had been playing for the Skellefteå AIK team of the Elitserien since 2007, although he did not pot his first goal there until March 2009 during a playoff game. However, he’d done well in other areas, well enough to get noticed by NHL scouts and get a sixth-place rank among Europeans for the 2009 draft class. That year, he was drafted 17th by St. Louis. He chose to stay in Sweden to give him more time to refine and to score his first regular-season goal, which he did in January 2010, scoring a goal that was the game-winner. In June 2010 he signed an entry-level contract with the Blues, but not even a month later, the Senators took him in exchange for the 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft. During this time, he also represented Sweden in the 2009 and 2010 World Juniors, getting a silver and bronze medal respectively and being named an alternate for 2010.
Once again he remained in Sweden for the most recent season. He played 55 games, scored 11 goals and 39 assists, plus had 14 penalty minutes in the regular season as well as 18 games, 3 goals, 7 assists and 20 penalty minutes in the playoffs. That regular-season tally is the second most of any defenseman in Elitserien history. After that good a season, and after seeing Worlds action for Sweden, he made it to Ottawa camp and got on the roster. His NHL debut came on October 11 against the Wild. Four days later he got his first NHL point, an assist, in a game against the Capitals. He is still looking to score his first NHL goal, which will be fun to see.