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Decision Coming On Bringing Albert Johansson To North America

04/27/2022 at 7:25am EDT

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Two remarkably pleasant surprises are unfolding in the Swedish Hockey League playoffs and both are connected to the Detroit Red Wings. Defenseman Albert Johansson, a Detroit draft pick, is playing sensationally for Farjestad.

They will be opposing Lulea in the SHL championship final. Lulea forward Pontus Andreasson is leading the SHL playoffs with eight goals. Recently, there was the revelation of his agreeing to a contract with the Red Wings for next season.

As for Johansson’s development, it’s coming under the watchful eyes of several key Red Wings personnel. During Game 3 of the SHL semifinal between Farjestad and Rogle, Detroit vice-president of hockey operations Nicklas Lidstrom, advisor to GM Steve Yzerman Niklas Kronwall and former captain Henrik Zetterberg were in the stands checking out the action....

“Albert Johansson shows incredible confidence,” Draper said. “He had his head up and made a fantastic shot to the goal. What is impressive is that he was also out in the game in a three against five penalty kill.

“He can play in all situations. He has skating, shooting and physical play.”...

“When the season is over, we will discuss when it is time for him to come over to the NHL,” Draper said. “In the way he develops and the experience he gets here, he begins to get ready. It will be exciting to see him try to break into the NHL.”

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