Finally some Canadiens news! While I’ve been engrossed in watching the second round of the playoffs, there hasn’t been much to report on in terms of Canadiens news – until now. The Canadiens have signed two of their promising Swedish prospects to entry-level deals: RW Sebastian Collberg and D Magnus Nygren.
Collberg, a 19 year old 2nd round pick from 2012, spent the bulk of the 2012-2013 season with Frolunda in the Ellitserien League. He picked up 9 points in 35 games and is projected to be a quick, skilled forward though he would need to bulk up. He also played quite well in the World Junior Championships, picking up 6 points in 6 games and the silver medal for Sweden. He will probably, from most accounts, spend one final season in Sweden, but he should be with the Hamilton Bulldogs in two years time.
Nygren is a 22-year old 4th round draft pick from 2011 and spent his last season with Karlstad Farjestad in the Ellitserien and racked up 32 points in 51 games. With a strong right-handed shot, Nygren shows some promise as a power-play specialist and offensive D-man. He signed a 2-year deal and is widely expected to get a spot with the Bulldogs next season.
In both cases, these won’t be immediate impacts in the way we’ve seen rookies step up this season. At best, they’re both impact players with Hamilton (who desperately needs scoring) but at worst, they spend another season in Sweden developing in the Ellitserien. They were both fairly promising picks and should be a big part of the Canadiens moving forward.
I have a question for you: if you’re Marc Bergevin, do you use the final compliance buyout on Tomas Kaberle (who only has 1 year left on his contract) or David Desharnais? Battle it out in the comments!