Name: Jayden Grubbe
Team: Calgary Buffaloes (AMHL)
Date of Birth: January 12 2003
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Height/Weight: 6’1 181lbs
WHL Draft: 7th Overall in 2018 – Red Deer Rebels (Signed)
*Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*
Areas of Strength
- Puck Control
Areas of Growth
- Defensive Urgency
Player Report: The 2017-2018 AMBHL South MVP was our 4th ranked prospect going into the 2018 WHL Draft, he was taken a few spots later with the 7th overall pick by the Red Deer Rebels which was there first of two picks in the first round. Grubbe is a calgary born native who spent both his bantam years with the Calgary Bison of the AMBHL. In 2016-2017 he was the AMBHL South Rookie of the Year, producing 33 points in 36 games with the Bison and helping them to a south finals appearance. His WHL Draft season (2017-2018) Grubbe would be honoured with the AMBHL South Top Forward and MVP, he also led the league that year in assists and points with 66 in 35 games played. Grubbe also helped his Bison’s team to a second consecutive South Finals appearance against the Airdrie Xtreme. Jayden also earned time with the CBHA Rangers Minor Midget team, he played one regular season game and two playoff games totalling three goals and four points in those combined games. Grubbe is one of the top candidates to lead the AMHL in scoring this season with the Buffaloes.
Jayden Grubbe is a skillful power forward who plays with grit and competitiveness. Often the driving force of his lines offensive play. Grubbe plays the game with urgency, it always seems like he has a chip on his shoulder. A catalyst for physical play in the offensive zone, Grubbe is a relentless offensive force with a non-stop motor in pursuit of the puck. He will track down puck carriers and make them pay with physical play. A sort of nastiness to his game and shows his need to impose himself as an intimidating presence in the truest of natures. Offensively Grubbe’s possessive mindset often makes him the go-to option for his defenders in transition. Dictates the game’s pace and zone play. He has shown the ability to blow by defenders with his well above average acceleration/separation speed or go through them with crafty puck control. A confident player in his zone entries as he is capable of controlling the puck to the middle or driving down the wall. He displays a wicked wrist shot which blends a deceptive release, quick timing, precise accuracy, and outstanding power that goalies his age cannot react to in tie. Works productively along the wall + in the cycle as his top end awareness allows him to roll into a scoring position off the wall. Hockey sense wise Grubbe doesn’t get the credit he deserves, Grubbe recognizes and exploits soft defensive holes in the neutral zone, he can also reads the oppositions individuals defensive weaknesses and exploit them with a proactive mindset. His right shot and deceptiveness provides a true power play presence to a teams offensive core. His emotions at times can push him over the edge and lead to discipline troubles, this likely goes away as he matures and learns to control the competitive side to his mentality. Grubbe’s physical maturity is well above his age.
Overall Jayden Grubbe will be an impactful WHLer for many years. He’s displays all the tools of an elite WHL player and does so on a consistent night by night basis. A lot of Grubbe’s areas of weakness will likely be improved upon as he continues to mature and get stronger. Grubbe will take his time in the games he is called up in next season and use it as data going forward. Projection wise I could see Grubbe breaking into the WHL at around 30-40 points in his 16 year old season. At his prime years, Grubbe should break into a 70+ point player. He’s in a great position in Red Deer to be the offensive leader for a long time. Grubbe’s going to be a player Sutter and fans will love, he’s willing to fight for his team-mates and can beat a team on the scoresheet as well. A player whose game best compares to a guy like Jake Virtanen or Evan Polei.
Coaches Quote: “Jayden Grubbe is hands down the toughest 14 year old i have ever met or coached. The kid just pulled of 26 pull ups at Red Deer training camp. When you walk in the room and shake his hand you cant help but think is this guy 14 turning 36?! He plays an extremely powerful game that causes the other team trouble at both ends of the ice. Jayden off the ice is a man of few words, but when watching him its nothing short of obvious how bad he wants to get to that next level. He should have an opportunity to showcase himself in the upcoming 2018-2019 AMHL season.” – Joel Hogue (Assistant Coach – Calgary Buffaloes)
2016-2017 – Calgary Bison: 36GP-15G-18A-33PTS 22PIMS Playoffs: 8GP-4G-1A-5PTS 10PIMS
2017-2018 – Calgary Bison: 35GP-29G-37A-66PTS 104PIMS Playoffs: 5GP-4G-3A-7PTS 16PIMS
CBHA Rangers: 1GP-2G-0A-2PTS 0PIMS Playoffs: 2GP-2G-1A-3PTS 0PIMS
2016-2017 AMBHL South Rookie of the Year
2017-2018 AMBHL Most Assists/Points
AMBHL South Top Forward
AMBHL South MVP