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Dreger: Flames ‘in on’ SHL standout Joakim Nygard

With European hockey postseasons slowly coming to an end, we will begin to hear more about players heading over the pond to try their luck at the NHL.

Count the Flames as one of the teams that could dip into the European free agent pool. In today’s edition of Insider Trading, Darren Dreger linked Farjestad BK winger Joakim Nygard to the team, noting that they are one of the more interested teams in acquiring Nygard’s services.

Jump to the 1:07 mark in the link.

In the clip, Dreger reports that Nygard has been attracting interest from NHL teams for several months now, but only named the Flames and the Ottawa Senators as suitors. He notes that both teams are in on Nygard “hard,” but didn’t offer up any more details.

Nygard has been one of the better SHL players in the past few years. This season, the 6’0, 179 lb. left winger has scored 21 goals and 14 assists in 52 regular season games, and added a goal and an assist in four playoff games. He’s picked up back-to-back 30+ point seasons and has scored at least 15 goals the previous three years, breaking the 20-goal mark for the first time this year. Dreger says he’s drawn comparisons to Carl Hagelin and has been praised for his speed.

As a 26-year-old, Nygard would have to sign a one-year entry-level contract, which would be flexible and cost effective for the team. If he signs with Calgary, he would be able to play in the AHL, where he would likely start the 2019-20 season. With a handful of AHL forwards likely leaving the club this upcoming offseason, it’s possible that he’s being brought in to provide some high quality depth.

Farjestad is still in the SHL playoffs, tied 2-2 in their quarterfinals series against HV71. The earliest they can be eliminated is April 1, but should Farjestad make the finals, we may not know where he signs until May.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    Meh, really mediocre numbers for his age.

    Why don’t we sign Charles-Édouard D’Astous on Rimouski he’s legit. Justin Brazeau on North Bay would be interesting as well. Brinson Pasichnuk on ASU would also be smart if he was willing to leave school early.

        • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

          He doesn’t sound nasty and a guy who at the age of 26 years old has never come close to cracking 1.0+ PPG in the SHL isn’t going to be an NHLer. So yeah he’s another Ehliz, etc. He’s never going to pass Dube, Mangiapane, Czarnik, etc who’re only getting better next year.

          Justin Brazeau is literally 6’6” is lighting it up in a normally defensive system in North Bay and he is only 20 years old. Why waste a contract on a mediocre 27 year old, when you could get basically the same player whose only 20 years old with years of development ahead of him.

  • Avalain

    I mean, I’m always on board with looking at every avenue to find ways to make the team better. That said, I’m not entirely sure that this does it. It’s going to be hard to try to convince him that Calgary actually has a spot for him.

    • His Dudeness

      Do you remember watching Mike Smith try to play goalie the first half of the year? Well Martin Jones has been playing that way all year.

      Not too mention players like Hertl Kane and Meier having career years just like some of our players. If the production starts to slip then you don’t look as good (monahan, Lindholm etc.). Also Burns is a mediocre defensemen at best (he is the best offensive D man in the league) and Vlasic has been god awful this year, he use to be the #1 shut down guy.

      Still 90% of the Sharks issue is goaltending, and they are going to be steam rolled by Vegas in the 1st round if Jones has a sub .900 save%.

  • cjc

    Nothing wrong with signing guys like this, but at 26 with okay but not eye-popping numbers I don’t rate his chances of having an impact very highly. And he could take a spot away from Dube or Mangiapane, which isn’t a problem if he’s actually better, but neither of those guys have anything left to prove in the AHL.