Every year there are teams combing the European ranks to try and find the rare player who was overlooked as a junior. Those who are now showing NHL-caliber talent in their home countries but were never drafted. Players like this are unrestricted free agents and can provide an immediate talent injection for nothing more than a few hundred thousand dollars. Joakim Nygard is one of those players and has drawn interest from at least two NHL teams, but he’s not alone. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that Nygard’s teammate Theodor Lennstrom is also creating some buzz, though doesn’t indicate which teams have shown interest.
Lennstrom, 24, is another overlooked Swedish defenseman that has found success in the SHL, recording 31 points across 94 games the past two years. He would be signing just a one-year entry-level contract if he decided to come over, but teams would at least control him for a few years to determine whether he could contribute down the road.