The Montreal Canadiens have signed second round pick from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Sebastian Collberg to an entry level deal. Collberg finished his season in Sweden before coming over to Montreal to rehab a concussion, then joined the Hamilton Bulldogs for the final weekend of their AHL schedule.
Collberg is a ridiculously skilled young winger who can play both sides but shoots right. Collberg distinguished himself well everywhere he played this season, from the Allsvenskan to the Elisterien, despite limited ice time in the top league. He notched a point per game for Sweden in the World Junior Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal, losing out to Alex Galchenyuk's American team.
MONTREAL- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the signing of forward Sebastian Collberg to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 35 games with the Frölunda Indians in the Elitserien (Sweden) this season, Collberg totaled nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) and six penalty minutes. The 5'11'' and 181 lbs right winger also appeared in 15 games with Örebro HK in the HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden), notching eight points (6 goals, 2 helpers) and two penalty minutes. Collberg completed his season in Hamilton taking part in two games with the Bulldogs.
Collberg, 19, suited up for Team Sweden at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship presented in Ufa, Russia, guiding the Swedish squad to the silver medal. He completed the tournament with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in six games, ranking tied for first on the team in goals and points.
A native of Mariestad, Sweden, Collberg was selected in the second round, 33rd overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in the second half of the Canadiens' Development Camp in June 2012.
A second announcement game in the form of making the signing of Swedish defenseman Magnus Nygren official, with a press release of his own. It's unknown if either Swedish prospect will be joining the club in either Hamilton or Montreal this coming season, but it's certainly become more likely now.
MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the signing of defenseman Magnus Nygren to a two-year contract (2013-14 and 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 51 games with the Karlstad Färjestad in the Elitserien (Sweden) this season, Nygren raked up 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists). He led the league defensemen in goals, and was tied for fourth among all Elitserien rearguards in points. He served 49 penalty minutes and displayed a +11 plus/minus differential. Nygren was named Elitserien best defenseman at the end of the season earning the Salming Trophy. He added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 10 playoff contests.
Nygren, 22, notched 65 points (24 goals, 41 assists) in 132 games since making his professional debut with Färjestad back in 2009-10. The 6'01'' and 191 lbs rearguard served 63 penalty minutes.
A native of Karlstad, Sweden, Nygren was selected in the fourth round, 113th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in the second half of the Canadiens' Development Camp in July 2011.
The Canadiens also took today to announce that Alexei Emelin has finally undergone reconstructive surgery to both his ACL and MCL, with a recovery time of 6 months. That recovery time would put his prospective return date as late November, early December, which is a huge blow to the Canadiens to begin next year.