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Report: Top Swedish player Joakim Nygard to choose between Flames, Oilers

Pro Hockey Rumors logo Pro Hockey Rumors 5/22/2019 Gavin Lee, Pro Hockey Rumors
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Back in March, a report surfaced from Darren Dreger of TSN that several teams around the NHL were pursuing SHL forward Joakim Nygard. At the time, the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators were listed as two of the potential destinations for the speedy winger. Now that the SHL season is over, Nygard is free to sign with whomever he chooses, and it sounds like the Senators are out of the running. Uffe Bodin, editor in chief of Hockeysverige in Sweden, reports that the decision is down to the Flames and Edmonton Oilers, with an answer expected soon.

Nygard, 26, put up another excellent season with Farjestads in the SHL, posting 21 goals and 35 points. In fact, those 21 goals were good enough for second in the entire league behind only top Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Emil Bemstrom’s 23. That kind of offensive production is nothing new for Nygard, who has posted at least 29 points — a solid total in the 52-game SHL season — in three consecutive years.

If there is one thing that stands out in Nygard’s game, it is his incredible skating ability. Easily one of, if not the, best skaters in the SHL, he has drawn countless comparisons to Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin. While Hagelin is also scheduled to become a UFA this summer and is available to the whole league, he’s also going to turn 31 this summer and will likely come at a relatively higher price tag. Nygard, however, may be able to jump right into an NHL lineup on a cheap contract and provide some forward depth next season.

While Calgary has been involved the whole way with Nygard and is a finalist, there is an obvious fit with the Oilers as well. Edmonton has been trying desperately to increase its team speed in order to keep up with Connor McDavid, and the Oilers have a distinct lack of scoring options on the wing. Perhaps a chance to play with a back-to-back (and potential three-peat) Ted Lindsay Award winner is enough to tip the scales in Edmonton’s favor.


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