Welcome to the first day of our Top 25 Under 25 countdown here at The Cannon! Thanks to the more than 120 of you who participated in our reader poll. Throughout the month of August, we’ll reveal a new player each weekday based on your ranking.
First up: #25 KEVIN STENLUND
25th out of 55 eligible players (280 points)
Highest placement: #6 (1 ballot)
Most common placement: #22 and #24 (7 each)
Birthdate: September 20, 1996
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Weight: 209 lbs
Acquired: Drafted by Columbus in Round 2 of the 2015 draft (#58 overall)
In 43 games with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League, Stenlund scored 7 goals and added 15 assists. After the defending champs were bounced from the playoffs, Stenlund joined the Cleveland Monsters for 7 games, tallying 2 assists and no goals.
Stenlund will get to participate in Blue Jackets training camp, but will start the season with the Cleveland Monsters. He needs that time to acclimate to the North American game, but with his size I’m excited to see if he can thrive in a top 6 role. He may get to suit up for Columbus at some point for a game or two, but 2019-20 will be the earliest we can expect him to be a regular contributor for the Jackets.