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European Prospect Review - Martin Réway returns, and shows off his offensive skills

A summary of this week's performances by the Habs prospects playing overseas.

HC Fribourg-Gottéron

All five of the Montreal Canadiens European prospects were in action this week, as Nygren and Réway returned from their ailments.


Joonas Nättinen, JYP

JYP recorded wins in their two games played. Nättinen finished those with a +1 rating, and was not on the ice for any of the three goals his team allowed. He is playing some of the best hockey of his career.


Lukas Vejdemo, Djurgården

Vejdemo had a goal from in close in a tightly contested game versus Örebro.

Vejdemo resides in third place of the SHL scoring race among junior-aged players; six points behind Oscar Lindblom of Brynäs/Philadelphia Flyers and four points behind Skellefteå/Detroit Red Wings prospect Axel Holmström. Frölunda/Anaheim Ducks' Jacob Larsson remains two points behind him. Not bad for a player we barely knew anything about eight months ago.


Magnus Nygren, Färjestad BK

Magnus Nygren wasn't happy after a 6-0 loss at home to Frölunda, and he didn't mince words when he spoke to the media after the game. "It was a sold-out arena and the fans were fantastic; it was electric. Then that happened and I was embarrassed to be on the ice."

For Nygren, he wasn't on the ice for any of the Frölunda goals, and he recorded an assist against Karlskrona in his first game back after his injury break.


Artturi Lehkonen, Frölunda HC

Lehkonen had an uneventful week in SHL, recorded no points an a +1 in two games. After a surprising loss to Modo, Frölunda took swift revenge away with that 6-0 thumping against Färjestad.

In the CHL semi-final against Davos, Lehkonen was one of the best players on the ice, recording, a goal with a nice shot in the second period. Frölunda won 5-0, and the second leg next week should be more or less academic.


Martin Réway, Fribourg-Gottéron

Martin Réway made the most of his return to the ice, registering three points in two games for Fribourg-Gottéron.

The goal was scored on the power play, and one assist came in a 4-on-4 situation, but it was in the second game of the weekend doubleheader vs Lausanne that he showed off his true skills.

In 5-on-5 play, he gathered the puck deep in his own zone and skated with it into the offensive zone before circling back, and, with a smart pass, setting up a goal.

Réway shares second place in league scoring rate with Auston Matthews, both averaging 1.21 PPG, over the 14 games he has played (Pierre-Marc Bouchard of Zug is fist with 1.47 PPG). Réway is sixth in his team with 17 points in just 14 games.