Right wing Sebastian Collberg was the Canadiens 2nd round draft pick in last summer’s entry draft (33rd overall). Last season, he played as a 19 year old with Vastra Frölunda in Göteborg Sweden of the Swedish Elite League.
During the SEL quarterfinal series against Lulea, Collberg suffered a concussion. With permission from his team, he travelled to Montreal a week ago to be checked by Montreal doctors and this weekend was finally cleared to join the Bulldogs.
UPDATE – Collberg was not part of the Bulldogs lineup as they were shutout by Oklahoma City 4-0 Sunday evening in Hamilton. After practicing with the team during the week, Collberg and the Bulldogs will play their final three games of the season next weekend starting with a home game against St. John’s Friday.
Scouting reports say Collberg has terrific speed and a great shot. He is smallish at 5′ 11″ but, pl;aying against physically mature opposition, has shown no reluctance to go into the dirty areas. Some have compared his skill set with that of Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Colberg has a year remaining on a two year contract with HC Frölunda and will return to them as a 20 year old in the fall.
The Bulldogs, who have failed to qualify for the Calder Cup playoffs, have four games remaining in their season.
As a sidebar, 18 year old Swedish forward Filip Forsberg will make his NHL debut on Nashville’s top line Sunday night against Detroit. Forsberg, drafted 11th last June, is the player whom the Predators received from Washingtron in exchange for Martin Erat. Behind Forsberg, Collberg was considered the second best European-based forward available in the 2012 draft.
From the Bulldogs Communications Department
HAMILTON ONTARIO – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Bulldogs have signed forward Sebastian Collberg to a Professional Try-Out Contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Collberg, 19, played 35 games this season for Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League registering nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) and six penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 185-pound forward won a Silver Medal with Team Sweden at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Junior Championship while helping Sweden win Gold in 2012. The native of Mariestad, Sweden played 35 games for Frolunda in the SuperElit J20 in 2010-2011 and notched 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. Collberg was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 33rd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.