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Player Grades And Elmer At The World Championship

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Beyond coaching, there were players who turned in mediocre performances, too, especially in the second half. Let's examine who got what grade, and why:

Forwards
Tyler Bertuzzi: A
Age: 27.

Status: Signed through 2022-23 at a $4.75 million salary cap hit.

Stats: 30 goals, 32 assists, minus-11 in 68 games.

The buzz: He reached career highs in goals and assists, provided energy and grit and was missed in the nine games he couldn’t play in Canada because of his vaccination status.

Adam Erne: D
Age: 27.

Status: Signed through 2022-23 at a $2.1 million salary cap hit.

Stats: Six goals, 13 assists, minus-22 in 79 games.

Grade: Erne wasn't as productive as last season (11 goals, nine assists in 45 games) and didn’t provide energy on a consistent basis; had no power play points despite averaging nearly a minute per game on man advantages.

Filip Zadina: D
Age: 22.

Status: Expiring contract with $894,167 salary cap hit; restricted free agent.

Stats: 10 goals, 14 assists, minus-24 in 74 games.

Grade: Showed sporadic signs of productivity but went long stretches where he barely was noticeable; was given a chance to play in the top six and regular power play time and didn’t make much of it.

more (paid), all the dmen received C or D besides Seider A and Stall B+.

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

When he was invited to play with the Swedish national team in pre-tournament games leading up to the IIHF World Championship, the thinking was that Detroit Red Wings prospect Elmer Soderblom would be serving as nothing more than a place holder.

He was being given much-needed experience with the senior national team but he’d certainly be giving way once the NHL reinforcements were arriving.

That hasn’t happened yet. And in fact, there’s growing speculation that Soderblom has done enough to carve himself out a spot on the Swedish squad that will play for the world title from May 13-29 in Finland.

Soderblom Can’t Contain Excitement

Just the thought of suiting up for his country on the world stage is enough to set Soderblom’s massive 6-foot-8, 249-pound frame to shuddering with excitement.

“It would be enormously cool and big,” Elmer Soderblom told Aftonbladet.se. “It is something you have dreamed of since you were little to play a World Cup for Sweden so I would be extremely happy.”

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