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Johansson spent most of the season with Färjestad’s J20 SuperElit team but also played a big part when Färjestad’s J18 roster made it all the way to the final in the J18 SM-playoffs. At the conclusion of his club season, Johansson earned a spot on Team Sweden’s roster to the U18 World Championship, where Sweden beat Russia in the finals to win its first ever gold medal in the prestigious tournament — on home soil, no less.
Whereas Johansson dominated on his club roster, the depth of Sweden’s U18 group relegated him to a depth role where chances to shine were few and far between. The silver lining is that Johansson had the opportunity to prove to potential draft suitors that he could flourish in a defensive role.
If you’re interested in learning even more about one of Detroit’s 2nd round draft picks, Albert Johansson, then you’re in luck. Elite Prospects has a really good piece on the newest Swedish defenseman to join the Red Wings. Looks like Steve Yzerman may have found himself a potential gem.
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“It was so ridiculous in terms of probability of succeeding. If it was a test, it was quite an easy one,” said Canes owner Tom Dundon.
Ouch. And you wonder why offer sheets in the NHL happen with the frequency of a unicorn staring at Halley’s Comet while eating a McRib.
I have an unpopular opinion -- shocking, I know -- about the Canadiens’ failed offer sheet on Aho: it was very much a worthy effort rather than the “waste of time” that Dundon labelled it.
At this moment in our hockey lifetime, I think any offer sheet is a good offer sheet. This particular one for Sebastian Aho doesn’t appear to have had any chance at succeeding, but if it starts to break the fear/stigma/whatever it is that prevents GMs from making more moves like this... then it’s great.