One of the main current desires of Habs prospect junkie has been granted today, 2012 2nd round pick (33rd overall), Sebastian Collberg, has been loaned out by his Swedish Elite League Team Frolunda to Örebro a team that plays in the 2nd tier Swedish pro league, the Allsvenskan.
For those not familiar with the workings of European pro hockey this is like a young NHLer getting sent down to the AHL, but the two leagues are much closer together in terms of quality.
By eye and by numbers, Collberg looked to be very much on the level of a SEL top nine forward for Frolunda, with an upper third shot rate and mid-level point scoring rate, but a numbers game in the very deep, veteran laden Frolunda forward corps had limited Collberg to an average of 6 minutes of ice-time per game and he often didn`t play in games he suited up for. This depth situation had only gotten worse with the importation of NHL forwards Matt Duchene and Viktor Stalberg.
Örebro is presently the 4th ranked team in the Swedish 2nd league with a 7-4-2 record and a +9 goal differential. It will be interesting to see where Collberg will fit in their lineup, as Örebro already has 3 point per game+ forwards in their roster and Collberg may be confined to 2nd line duty.
The immediate comparable to Collberg will be fellow 2012 Swedish draftee Filip Forsberg who has 11 points in 13 games in SEL-2. Collberg is seen as being on a similar level to Forsberg currently so it will be curious if he can match him.
The conditions of Collberg`s callup state that Frolunda can recall him at any time, which they probably will do if their depth situation gets worse or if Collberg forces their hand by wrecking the lower league.