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NHL Scout Swedish Stars

Written By Emile on Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:16 AM

The National Hockey League continue to scout Sweden's talent over to North America. Calle Järnkrok, Jesper Fasth, Henrik Tömmernes and Sebastian Collberg have already made the move over the Atlantic to their respected clubs, meanwhile the NHL wait upon the end of Carl Söderberg, Oscar Lindberg and Filip Forsberg's respected playoffs to finish before talks will be finalized and these players go and join their NHL or feeder AHL clubs.


The Detroit Redwings have assigned Calle Järnkrok to their AHL club Grand Rapids Griffins on the 25th of March with all hopes that he will adapt to the American style of hockey throughout the end of the season. Järnkrok was more than impressive in this year's Elitserien being the eighth highest point scorer in the league answering for 13 goals and 29 assists, to lead Brynäs's point sheet with 42 points. Calle will play nine matches with Grand Rapids before returning home to play in the World Championships for Sweden.

In the same situation as Järnkrok, Jesper Fasth will make his way over to North America to play with the New York Rangers but must also come back to Sweden and play in the upcoming World Championships in Stockholm. With an impressive 18 goals and 17 assists this season the Rangers hope that Fasth will help them find some of their offensive firepower in which they have lacked so far this season.

Two of Frölunda's young stars are also on their way to North America. Henrik Tömmernes is in discussion with the Vancouver Canucks about moving into their line up although he is waiting on final visa clarification before they can move further. Junior team mate Sebastian Collberg has finalized an agreement with the Montreal Canadiens to play in their AHL feeder club, Hamilton Bulldogs for the rest of the season. The move is more likely to be part of Collberg's development as it is know that they want him in the AHL to see where he can improve his game as no permanent plan to keep the young star in North America is in place as of yet.

Once the respective playoff games end, Söderberg, Lindberg and Forsberg are also rumored to finish their seasons in North America. It is no news that Elitserien goal king Carl Söderberg is on his way to the Boston Bruins. The Linköping star has been linked with the club for many years now, but it is believed that the time has come for the Malmö born center to make his debut in the NHL. Anders Hedberg, New York Ranger European scout, was recorded saying that Oscar Lindberg would be playing his final year in Sweden and would be joining fellow Elitserien star Jesper Fasth in New York.

Newly promoted Leksand look like losing their young Junior star Filip Forsberg, who scored 33 points in 38 games in HockeyAllsvenskan, as he looks to make his debut for Washigton Capitals farmer team Hershey Bears. Forsberg will finish the season in the AHL to see where he will best fit in the Capitals line-up and where he can make improvements before taking the step into the NHL.


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