The Montreal Canadiens will loan Swedish forward Lukas Vejdemo to Södertälje in HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden’s second division). He will join the team for the start of the season and can be recalled to the NHL/AHL when the season starts in North America.
In a comment to Eyes On The Prize on Saturday, Vejdemo stated with clear intent that “the goal is always NHL.” This stint of competitive hockey in Sweden should mean that Vejdemo gets in good shape for the stat of the Canadiens’ training camp.
Vejdemo played seven games for the Canadiens last season and scored one goal. He also played 47 games for the Laval Rocket contributing 19 points (9G, 10A). He will most likely play together with Los Angeles Kings prospect Samuel Fagemo on Södertälje’s first line.
HockeyAllsvenskan will start its season on Friday, September 11, when Södertälje will face Vita Hästen in a local derby. The season will start without spectators due to Covid-19, but will not be hosted in a bubble. The SHL has put a stop to short-term NHL loans, hence why Vejdemo will be loaned to a team in HockeyAllsvenskan, rather than the club system he grew up in, Djurgården.