Why Joel Eriksson Ek’s short-lived return ended ominously for Wild: ‘It was brutal’
– Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) April 22, 2023
But the list doesn’t end there, of course.
One of these, who’s flying under the radar, is Swedish defenseman Adam Engstrom.
Since then, he’s been making great strides in Sweden, surprisingly playing most of the season in the SHL (Sweden’s premier league) rather than the junior league.
Engstrom’s solid progress has enabled him to make a name for himself among the Tricolore’s prospects, and he has become a defenseman whose performances are closely watched by CH analysts and fans.
DOSSIER | One of the organization’s most intriguing prospects, Engstrom reveals his plans for next season, and his GM weighs in on his future 🔮 https://t.co/zo3TEO0XUf
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) April 22, 2023
However, Engstrom explained in an interview with Nicolas Cloutier that he still hasn’t spoken with the Canadiens, so there’s nothing official yet.
“I think I’ll come back to Sweden for one last season. I haven’t spoken to the Canadiens yet though.” – Adam Engstrom
Considering that Engstrom can only play in Montreal or Sweden (and therefore not in Laval), it’s highly likely that he won’t be called up to the Tricolore’s training camp, which would mean missing his preparatory schedule in Sweden.
The Swedish defenseman will therefore normally continue his development for another season in the SHL, where he will play an even more important role for the 2023-2024 season, according to Rogle’s general manager.
“I think for a lot of players, the ideal scenario is to stay in an environment that allows them to get a ton of minutes, and at a high level. That’s what the SHL offers. So youngsters come to the NHL to make an impact, not just to survive. I see Engstrom playing in every situation for us next season.” – Chris Abbott
Engstrom will follow in Mortiz Seider’s footsteps, playing the season of his 19th birthday with Rogle in the SHL.
In short, the 2023-2024 season is likely to be a decisive one for Engstrom’s career, as he should be one of Rogle’s pillars on defense.
To find out more, here’s Nicolas Cloutier’s excellent article.
– A potential major loss for the Wild.
– Foligno took Krejci’s place at the last minute last night.
🎥 Nick Foligno on getting the call after David Krejci’s late scratch: “You want to play. You don’t want Krech to be out. But when I got told to play, you’ve got to be ready. This is an opportunity. I owe it to these guys…to be ready to play at any moment.” pic.twitter.com/ucdJ1P1UMP
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 22, 2023
– The Sabres’ last playoff win came in 2011.
#OTD in 2011 the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Flyers 4-3 on rookie Tyler Ennis’ OT goal to give them a 3-2 series lead. Unfortunately, this is the last playoff game the Sabres will win……Next year though! pic.twitter.com/eTS3ttKev9
– ThisDateInBuffaloSportsHistory (@BuffSportsHstry) April 22, 2023
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– Great performances from Canada.