Wännström Crossing The Pond (?)

If this article can be believed, 2010 draft pick Sebastian Wännström will be leaving 2011-12 SEL champion IF Brynäs Gävle to try his luck in North America with the Blues' organization.

Translated version of the linked article follows:

Brynäs lose gold hero to North America

STOCKHOLM. Striker Sebastian Wännström (to) leave the Swedish champion Brynäs to test (his) luck in North America, says Gävle News agency.

21-year-old Wännström was this past season on loan from the NHL club St. Louis Blues to Brynäs.

"If there is (a plan to send me to the) AHL I will try to develop there. I will take the time, but I will certainly do everything (asked of me) to make it to the NHL," he says.


Wännström was the Blues' third selection (44th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Gävle, Wännström led the Swedish major junior league (J-20 Superelit) in scoring during his draft season with a 30-27-35 scoring line (plus-20, 55 PM, 7 PPG, 8 GWG) in 35 games, while chipping in two goals and five points in five playoff (SM-Slutspel) contests that season.

The following year, Wännström was promoted to the Elitserien for good, and this year finally received a chance to play top-line minutes with his hometown club. The six-foot, 187-pound RW made the most of his chances, as this article at the "Hockey's Future" website noted:

As is the case in many pro leagues around the world, the Swedish Elite League can be a difficult place for a young player to find adequate ice time. That was the situation for 21-year-old winger Sebastian Wännström through the better part of his professional career with Brynäs.
His opportunity for an increased role finally arrived in February and Wännström responded with three goals and four assists in nine February games. Those seven points nearly doubled his career Elite League totals, as the winger had just five goals and 10 points in his first 96 games for Brynas over the last three seasons.
Wännström's production spiked in part because of an opportunity to skate with Brynäs' top six forwards early in February. He averaged over 15 minutes a game in the second half of the month with Calle Jarnkrok (DET) out of the line-up due to a knee injury and may have finally earned a more prominent role as the club prepares for the Elite League postseason.
Signed to an NHL contract by St. Louis (one year ago today, as noted at, Wannstrom is expected to debut in North America within the next two seasons.

In 43 SEL games with Brynäs this year, Wännström posted a respectable 8-7-15 scoring line (minus-5, 20 PM, 4 GWG). He stepped it up in the playoffs along with the rest of his club, putting up two goals and seven points in 17 games (plus-7, 4 PM) to help pace Brynäs to the Elitserien championship.

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