David Ullström, 30, C/LW (Video)
After a season in North America, David Ullström returns to Europe. But it will not be SHL – instead, the 30-year-old has finished with Dinamo Riga in the KHL. “It will be great fun to return to a league that I really enjoyed last time,” he says for hockeysverige.se.
Between 2013 and 2017, David Ullström already played in the KHL and for Severstal, LEV Praha, Lok Yaroslaval, Novosibirsk and Dinamo Minsk. After returning to his home club HV71 in 2017, he moved to Arizona for a year in the AHL in 2018 to try to return to the NHL. Injuries prevented a return to the NHL and after 29 games with 23 points ended the involvement with the Roadrunners Tucson. Ullström was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 4th round from position # 102 as early as 2008. From 2010-2013, he played alternately for the Islanders with a two-way contract, and in the AHL at the Bridgeport Soundtigers.
Ullström has a combination of skills that makes him an intriguing prospect. First and foremost, he has very good size and strength. He is big and uses this to his advantage in most situations. What makes him stand out is that he is a really good skater for a player of his size and reaches very good speed. To go with his speed and strength, he has above average technical skills and stickhandles very smoothly through traffic. His coast-to-coast rushes were a trade mark of his in the Swedish juniors.
Offensively, Ullström is a natural good scorer that rather finishes a play than delivers the puck. He has a good shot, a quick wrister with good accuracy. He is also aggressive and usually has a few good hits per game. There is little to complain about when it comes to Ullström’s offensive game. Defensively, however, he does not play it as safe. He back-checks, although perhaps not as effectively as desired and sometimes makes too risky plays in his own end. Also, consistency has been somewhat an issue, as he has been known to be streaky. (Elite Prospects)
Jacob Berglund, 27, C/LW (Video)
It all began with 27-year-old Swedish striker Jacob Berglund, who scored goals in the DEL for the Krefeld penguins last season. With 32 goals in 50 games and 20 assists, he made a convincing performance.
Jacob Berglund (184 cm, 94 kg) was born on 17 November 1991 in the Swedish town of Malmö. He started his career with the Redhawks in his hometown and went through the youth teams of different ages. In the Allsvenskan he came in the A team of Redhawks used before he went to North America at the age of 18 years. There he played three seasons in the Canadian Junior League (WHL), reaching 132 goals and 32 assists. After that, returned to Europe and spent 3 season in the Allsvenskan League at IF Troy-Ljungby. Subsequently, Jacob Berglund was obliged for two seasons at the Norwegian first division Storhamar. Then he moved to the Swiss league NLB to Martigny Red Ice. After this season he went in the summer of 2017 to ERC Ingolstsdt, in the German league (DEL). At the end of the season, he went back to Norway to Storhammer to help in the play-offs in 14 play-off games with 10 goals and 16 assists, becoming Norwegian champions. Then he was hired by the German traditional club, Krefeld Penguins, for the DEL season 2018/19.
Jakob Berglund is a strong and technical player with a very good shot, as shown by the number of goals scored and the effectiveness of the shots in the previous season.
Kristofer Berglund, 30, D
Dinamo Riga’s team has agreed to sign a contract with 30-year-old Swedish defender Kristofer Berglund to replace Matthew Maione, who has joined Kunlun Red Stars.
Kristofer Berglund (82 kg, 177 cm) was born on August 12, 1988 in Schwedehn, in Umeå. He spent his entire career in Sweden. He began his career in the youth team at IF Björklöven, where he was also used in the A-team. In this time he also ear in the Swedish national team of the U16, U18, U19 and U20 always with it.
In 2008, Kristofer Berglund was drafted # 125 by the St. Louis Blues in the 5th round. It has never come to a commitment. From the season 2008/09 he played in the Swedish SHL for two seasons at Luleå HF, Fjärestad BK and the Växjö Lakers. Since 2014/15 Kristofer Berglund has been at the HV71 for the last five seasons.
Berglund’s two most obvious strengths are his hockey sense and skating ability. He is a very smart player who makes smart decisions and usually delivers excellent passes. When it comes to his mobility, he has a good overall speed and also accelerates well. Although Berglund may be a bit more flashy in the offensive zone, he definitely makes a mutual contribution and is smart and quite solid in his own sense. He is short and does not play too much physical, but he does this by solving tricky situations with his ability to see on the ice and when dealing with pucks. To take his game to the next level, the already versatile defender must muster more strength. (Eliteprospects 2009)
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