Preds Sign Free Agent Forward Niclas Bergfors
Sunday, 07.3.2011 / 2:23 PM CT / News
By Press Release - Nashville Predators
|The Bergfors signing is very reminiscent of the moves David Poile pulled off last summer to add Sergei Kostitsyn. Like Kostitsyn, Niclas Bergfors has shown signs of prolific offensive talent. Bergfors was a first round pick in 2005 and a lead contributor for Team Sweden in two World Junior Championships before making a smooth transition to North America. He posted 40 points in his first AHL season and progressed to a career-high 22-goal, 51-point season in '08-09. The next season he backed that with a 21-goal, 44-point showing in his first full NHL campaign and was a key component to the Ilya Kovalchuk deal at the 2010 NHL Trade Deadline.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Bergfors, 24 (3/7/87), split the 2010-11 season between Atlanta and Florida, posting 36 points (12g-24a) in 72 games. During his first full NHL campaign with New Jersey and Atlanta in 2009-10, the Södertälje, Sweden native posted 21 goals and 44 points in 81 games, landing him a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. In 162 career NHL games since 2008, Bergfors has 81 points (34g-47a).
Drafted 23rd overall (first round) by the Devils in the 2005 Entry Draft, Bergfors was the youngest player in the American Hockey League in 2005-06 with the Albany River Rats after a decorated junior career in his homeland. The 5-10, 194-pound winger was the 2005 Swedish Junior Player of the Year, following the likes of Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Henrik Lunqvist, Peter Forsberg and Mats Sundin. He has also represented the Tre Kroner in five international tournaments, earning a bronze medal and being named to the tournament all-star team at the 2005 Under-18 World Championships.