7th year right wing Max Friberg(6) has decided to return home to his native Sweden.
Scheduled to become a restricted free agent, he’s possibly seeing the writing on the wall with current contract team Montreal Canadiens.
He spent 2016/2017 as captain of the AHL club and for the fourth straight season came away with 10+ goals and 20+ assists.
The 24-year old has appeared in 6 NHL games scoring no points.
He’ll likely produce well back where it all started and be much happier.
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He got into a single game right after Christmas last season and although didn’t make a mark on the score sheet, he threw a couple hits on the ice.
A bit of a late training camp reassignment this season after a strong showing, he makes his way back to the NHL for an encore show early.
The small, fast forward skated an increased 16 shifts for 10:12 minutes and using one of his talents, :46 of short-handed penalty kill.
His two games thus far have both been winning efforts, which can’t hurt.
In his first pair of AHL seasons he put up an identical 40 points, although in far fewer games last campaign and even added a couple more assists to his scoring highs.
He may get dispatched back to new affiliate San Diego Gulls and the soon to be 23-year old certainly will need to work hard to find his niche’ but it definitely can be done.
In 33 games with minor league affiliate Norfolk Admirals he has 9 goals and 9 assists with a +8 rating.
Signed to a three-year entry level deal in the offseason, he continued to play in his home country’s pro league, SHL for one more campaign before joining the Admirals for 6 contests, scoring his first tally, at the end of 2012/2013.
Listed at 5’11” 195 lbs., those measurements seem a bit generous. His speedy skating style and stick-handling abilities is definitely more akin to a smaller sized player.
It seems unlikely with all the depth in the prospect system that he earns a call-up this season but he could easily work his way up to fill a roster spot next year, which is also the final year of his deal.