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The Detroit Red Wings have had tremendous success in years past with Swedish players on their roster, including the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, and now with rookie Lucas Raymond.
And now, another Swede is reportedly joining the fold. According to multiple reports, the Red Wings have signed forward Pontus Andreasson from Luleå HF, a 23-year old undrafted forward who was 2nd in SHL rookie scoring this season:
"The playoffs are in an exciting stage and it will be decided soon which four teams will make it to the semifinals. At the same time, the players are in the team and thinking about the future.
And the NHL clubs are sitting and thinking about which players to sign for the future, especially the players who are undrafted. Like Skellefteå's Filip Roos, back, and Luleå's Pontus Andreasson, forward.
Both players come from the west coast, have never belonged to any boys' or junior national team but have blossomed this season in the SHL. Now Sportbladet can reveal that the players already agree with NHL clubs. Negotiations have been going on for some time and Andreasson is in agreement with the Detroit Red Wings."
Andreasson has scored 18 goals with 30 assists in 52 games played with Luleå HF.