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Albert Johansson Ready To Challenge For A Defensive Spot With The Wings

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Swedish Hockey League title secured, a gold medal dangling from his neck, Albert Johansson was already setting his sights on another objective – cracking the lineup of the Detroit Red Wings.

“I feel ready and want to go over this autumn and test my luck over there,” Johansson told Expressen.se after helping Farjestad to a 3-0 victory over Lulea in Game 7 of the SHL championship final.

The Red Wings selected Johansson 60th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. Signed to an entry-level contract with Detroit, he spent the past two seasons on loan to Farjestad.

This season, Johansson, 21, counted career-high 5-20-25 totals in 52 regular-season games. Posting 2-6-8 numbers in 19 playoff games, he was helping Farjestad to a surprise SHL title.


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from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

What Does His Detroit Future Hold?

With it likely that Thomas Greiss is most likely on the move, Hellberg seems to be a solid, economically friendly option to backup Alex Nedeljkovic. The 31-year-old netminder was once upon a time a second round pick for Nashville in 2011, but his career in the NHL hasn’t really taken off as expected. He was solid, however, in the KHL and that warranted another look at the veteran 6-6 goalie, and Yzerman inked him to a deal back in April.

With Yzerman likely to improve the defensive corps and add some more firepower up front, it seems mutually beneficial for both the Red Wings and Hellberg to hammer out a deal. Unless there’s a better goalie on the market, Hellberg would come at a very reasonable price.

For what it’s worth, he’s enjoyed his time with the Detroit Red Wings so far.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/14/22 at 10:57 AM ET

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