A word of caution
"I don't know if I'm ready for National Hockey League."At least the kid's honest.
Now, Brunnstrom might be a great player following a path we've never seen before, but I reserve the right to remain skeptical, especially given I talked with a few trusted sources in Sweden who were pretty muted on what kind of impact he'll have in the NHL.
It's a lot to expect someone to jump right from the top Swedish league to the NHL. It's more than that to expect someone to go from that country's second division, to the SEL, to the NHL and still make an impact.
That might be a downright impossibility.
I'm not willing to simply say, "well, so many teams are interested, he must be good," because we've seen NHL management interested in all kinds of dregs in the past. It wasn't long ago that 40-year-old free agents were getting $7-million deals.
I wish him luck next season if he gets a "play me on the top two lines" guarantee. That could be a nightmare.