Various reports are floating around cyberspace that Fredrik Petersson of Frolunda HC in the Swedish Elite League has signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Thrashers. According to a Thrashers team representative, the proper paperwork has not been filed or cleared with the league and thus the contract is not official yet.
Drafted in 2005 by the Edmonton Oilers, Petersson spent two campaigns with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, where he played in 111 games and registered 93 points. After those two seasons he returned to Sweden to play with Frolunda HC of the SEL, where he has since played three seasons. In 160 SEL games he has registered 77 points. His production steadily climbed, as he only posted 13 points in his first SEL season, 26 points the second season, and 38 points in his most recent campaign.
Hockey’s Future has the following to say about Petersson:
“The undersized 5’10 winger combines excellent speed and technical skills in a very impressive way. Pettersson is strong while entering the offensive zone in full speed and has a very good slap shot, which he does not hesitate to use. In addition to being a quite productive player point wise, he has also proven to be a good leader and willing to play physical.”
This is a good pick-up for new Thrashers GM Rick Dudley. Since he began working with the team, the team has picked up an ever-growing Swedish atmosphere. Swedish Thrashers currently under contract include D Tobias Enstrom, D Johnny Oduya, RW Niclas Bergfors, RW Carl Klingberg, and RW Fredrik Petersson. Of that group, only Tobias Enstrom was brought in before the Dudley era.
Is GM Rick Dudley building a new breed of Swedish hockey in the typically-North American style Eastern Conference?
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Written by Kevin Thurston