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Fourth-round defenseman Cronholm starting to show offensive flourishes to go with snarl

The Buffalo Sabres used the second of their two fourth-round picks on Linus Lindstrand Cronholm, a defenseman for the Malmo Redhawks in the Swedish SuperElit.

Here are five things to know about the 6-foot-1 blueliner.

1. Stay at home on defense

He hasn't been a heavy point producer in the past, although his offensive game is developing. He notched 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in 18 games with the Redhawks' J18 program. He also had 45 penalty minutes and was a plus-eight. He had six assists in 37 games with the J20 team but was a minus-10.

2. He's one of the younger players in the draft

Lindstrand Cronholm won't turn 18 years old until July 3.

3. He's another left-handed defenseman

The Sabres collected left-handed defensemen in the early going in the draft with No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin, second-rounder Mattias Samuelson and Kronholm.

4. Plays with 'snarl'

One scouting report noted that he 'blocks shots, clears the front, and plays the body with regularity and some snarl. Is starting to show progress as an offensive zone player displaying a cannon from the back end."

5. K or C?

Depending on whom you ask, his last name is spelled with a K or a C. Most scouting reports have him listed with a K. The Sabres' Twitter website lists him with a C and other Swedish outlets also have a C. He was not at the draft to ask to solve the mystery.

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