Sunday, April 13, 2008

Canucks close in on Brunnstrom

The Vancouver Canucks stumbled in their run toward a playoff position, but have won the race for late-blooming Swedish forward Fabian Brunnstrom.

The Canucks are reportedly close to signing the 23-year-old unrestricted free agent winger to a multi-year contract.
It's going to be really, really interesting what sort of contract he gets.

Brunnstrom's a pretty interesting case. Undrafted, 23 years old, and without hardly any experience in Sweden's top division, he's nonetheless become the subject of a bidding war between the majority of NHL teams.

The guy's almost like a phantom at this point. Just try and find pictures of him online, or references to his hockey background, and it's pretty meager pickings. His numbers this season in the SEL are pretty good, but he's been playing second fiddle on a good, high-scoring team in Farjestads.

I haven't seen him play — his first game with the national team came at 23, so he missed the world juniors — and these are pretty general comments. What's certain is that, with this many NHL teams willing to pony up with a contract offer, you can assume he can play at that level.

Has a player ever just appeared on the scene quite like this?

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At 8:28 p.m., April 13, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

Yes. Sidd Finch.

At 10:59 p.m., April 13, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

G. Gavin Gunhold!

A challenge. How about Sergei Priakin? Gilles Thibaudeau? German Titov?

I can't think of anyone of consequence, at least not yet.

At 11:39 p.m., April 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's one of these Euros every year. Only thing that changes is the age of the player.
This year it was Hlinka in COL.
Prediction: Lots of fevered summer speculation, 127 interviews with local media in September, two exhibition games where reality sets in/excuses get formulated, 10 regular season games in the NHL to justify the expense that went into signing the guy, 1G, -6, a trip to Manitoba, obscurity.

At 11:44 p.m., April 13, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

I wonder if he'll play more NHL games that Dopita.

At 2:45 a.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Timothy said...


And then he was gone.

At 1:11 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sergei Markarov? But he was 31 and well-known in Russia and in International Hockey.

At 4:25 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger MattM said...

I'm not sure any Euro has ever just appeared like this. I seem to remember having access to way more information about a guy like Thoresen prior to him signing with Edmonton a couple years back.

What it does remind me of is undrafted NCAA players coming out of nowhere. Good numbers, not a lot of scouting reports, and then suddenly there they are.

At 4:53 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alexander Elder

But then I case most people haven'
t heard of him either - yet

At 4:54 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alexander Edler :)

At 4:56 a.m., April 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His first year in the elite serie of Sweden and he's producing top figures despite the fact he's only getting 12 minutes per game.

Look how he introduced himself at his first game in the home area of Farjestad. 1:08!!!!!

An same samples of how he plays.


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