How Swede It Will Be?

While Sens fans remain mired in poor play, not withstanding last nights win, there are some bright spots on the horizon.

David Rundblad, a big, mobile defenseman, with above average offensive skill is making his presence known on his SEL club (SAIK).

At only just 20 yrs old, Rundblad has solidified himself as the premier defenseman for the SEL’s 2nd place team, a team boasting the leagues best goal differential, and has racked up a superb 20 pts in 27 games, for first among defensemen, and 3rd over-all on the team.

Add to this the fact he currently ranks 11th in TOI for the entire SEL (20:11), and 10th over-all in points, and you have yourself the makings of a future impact Dman.

David has been chosen to represent Sweden at the up-coming Channel One Cup.

Next in line is LW’er Jakob Silfverberg.  While playing 25 games for his SEL club (BIF) Jakob has tallied 18 (9-9) points, and has earned himself a roster spot on Swedens entrant in the up-coming Channel One Cup.

Silfverberg plays a solid two way game and it is hoped he can add depth to the Senators LW’ing position in the near future.

Last but not least is young phenom Andre Petersson.  Andre has posted 23 games with his SEL team (HV71) but until recently has been less than impactful on the scoresheet.  This has changed over has past 4 games, in which he has recorded 4 pts (3-1).

Andre is a highly, highly skilled right-winger, who must bring into balance his skill and attitude.  At his best, and he has shown it in the past, he is an absolute offensive power-house, but he has also been his own worst enemy by taking nights off or relying too heavily on his natural abilities over sound play.  Skill is not an issue, confidence is not an issue, but mature professionalism remains the missing piece of the puzzle.



7 Responses to “How Swede It Will Be?”

  1. Are any of these 3 going to be with the Sens next season?

    I assume Rundblad will be.. but will Silfverberg & Petterson finally come over from Sweden?

  2. Each will be given a chance to make the club.
    As for staying if they don’t? Too early to tell, but if they’re close enough expect Rundblad to stay, as he’s already signed to an ELC, as has Petersson. Silfverberg has yet to sign, IIRC.

  3. So IF (big if) Rundblad’s team in Sweden finishes the season prior to the Sens finishing.. and if by some miracle Sens make the playoffs — since he has signed an entry level contract.. can he play in the playoffs?

  4. I’d assume that each of them needs a year in the AHL. Recent reports have Rundblad looking a little inept in his own end (which is nothing new for offensively inclined D-men). It’s not the same transition from College to the pros as it is from the SEL to NA, but look no further than PW to see what can happen to a young offensive stud on the back end.

    Obviously there’s no way to be sure what the path for any of these players will be but I would hardly set my expectations on them cracking the lineup next season.

    On another note, has anyone else seen this sub-heading on the Sens website “Chris Kelly and the Sens want to stay close to the East’s leaders”? Try staying close to the East’s average teams first lol! I know what they mean, but still..

  5. Rundblad has been playing with ‘men’ for (I think I read) 3 seasons in the SEL. That’s different than Weircoch in college.
    Karlsson needed about a month in AHL to get more experience.. Rundblad should get about the same.

  6. Karlsson is still hit and miss against “men”… the transition to smaller rinks is just as significant as the transition from the college game to the pros. Sens fans need to stop expecting miracles from their prospects and start accepting that sometimes (frequently) entering the NHL too young can be a very bad thing – see: Luke Schenn. The problem with scarcity in prospect pools is that the good prospects a team has get rushed into the league and never reach their potential because of it.

    Karlsson shouldn’t have been in the NHL at 19…the Sens just had no option but to rush him.

  7. If our prospect pool wasn’t completely drained when Murray came in, Karlsson still wouldn’t be in the NHL and he would be better off for it. Rushing more prospects is not a good idea. Not everyone is a Doughty or a Crosby…. most, especially D-men (it’s a truism, regardless of how overused it is) need much more than one or two years of post-draft development to reach their potential and have consistent success at the NHL level.

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