August 14, 2007

Sacred Heart
Jr. | D | Mozart, Saskatchewan

RIT's Al Mazur was the only Atlantic Hockey defenseman with more assists than Grimson (21) last season.


Key Statistics: Grimson became a solid two-way defenseman during his sophomore season. He raised his point production from eight (4-4—8) in his rookie season to 25 (4-21—25) as a second-year player, ranking fifth in scoring among defensemen in Atlantic Hockey. He certainly benefitted from playing on the Pioneers’ top power-play unit, netting two goals and setting up 13 with the man advantage.

What He Does: Standing 6 feet, 180 pounds, Grimson is not an imposing figure, but he gets the job done on defense by positioning himself well and excelling in one-on-one situations – he earned a plus-eight rating last season. Grimson has become a very good playmaker, and while he takes plenty of swings (87 shots last season) he could stand to improve his shooting accuracy a bit.

The Bigger Picture: Grimson’s role should not change much – he is expected once again to be on the top power play and hold down a spot on one of the top two blue-line units. He may have to focus a bit more on his defensive zone play as the Pioneers replace three graduated defensemen and junior Stefan Drew takes over for Jason Smith in net. Head coach Shaun Hannah said Grimson could become one the top-tier defensemen in the league by season’s end.

Sacred Heart head coach Shaun Hannah on Grimson becoming an assistant captain: “We’re excited because he has good leadership skills. He will be a positive influence on his peers.”

— Ken McMillan