Wikstrand Wins Some Kind Of Award The only Senators prospect left in Europe (Прости, Никита) has turned a few heads this year. With a solid World Juniors and an exceptional first half of the year with SEL-2 team Mora, the Swede quickly started to look like something way better than a 7th rounder. So much so that some hardware is […]

Wikstrand Explains Decision To Stay In SEL-2

Friend of the blog and Senators prospect Mikael Wikstrand is right in the middle of a very succesful SEL-2 campaign for his Mora. The 2012 7th rounder has put up 11 goals and 11 assists in 36 games, and enjoyed a fairly successful World Juniors campaign as well, which really sparked interest from SEL clubs, […]


Health, Not Senators, Stopping Mika From WJC?

There has been yet another twist in everyone’s favourite current hockey controvesy. It was not the player himself (as first hinted), nor the Senators hatred for Sweden (contrary to popular belief on the right side of the Atlantic pond) – that is stopping Mika from participation at the World Juniors tournament in Ufa, Russia. No, […]

Report: Wikstrand to join Frölunda

According to the very credible blog, Mikael Wikstrand has reached a verbal agreement to join Frölunda at the end of the year. This does not come as a surprise as rumours have been circulating ever since Wikstrand’s hot start, that he’d follow the path of a certain someone on the Ottawa Senators blueline. This […]

Erik Karlsson Signing with Jokerit?

If one Swedish hockey blog is to be believed, Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is on the verge of signing with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League.  ”Today, I’ve gotten extremely convincing intelligence saying that the NHL star, Erik Karlsson, is signing with Jokerit. Looks like Frölunda will miss out on their dream signing. The Finnish […]

“Rocco” Spezza signs in Switzerland

"The living legend of ice hockey sports… the sensational transfer promises spectacles in the Diner's Club Arena." Sounds good. At least he's healthy. Best that gaudy league-leading pace from 04-05. Switzerland seems like a cool place what with the knives, neutrality, chocolate and whatever this is…  

Someone Sens-related playing hockey!

Senators prospects Mikael Wikstrand and Z have started their 2012-13 season already, as they attend the Swedish U20 national team’s summer camp in preparation for the World Juniors. The 34-man roster includes all the best WJC eligible player with the exception of three of last year’s gold-medal winners Jonas Brodin, Sebastian Collberg and Rickard Rakell. […]

Who is Mikael Wikstrand? World-class entertainer and moonlighting Sens scout Vaclav Burda did not get the vote of confidence (or did not like anyone enough to pick) until the 7th round in this year’s edition of the NHL Entry Draft, and to no-one’s surprise, it was a pick out of Sweden. Mikael Wikstrand, who spent the year with […]

What Freddy Claesson brings to the Sens A through Z

Thursday, the Ottawa Senators officially confirmed the ill-kept secret of Fredrik Claesson signing his entry-level deal with the intention of playing in North America this fall. While the unspectacular stay-at-home defenseman might not be the most intriguing prospect in the Senators system, he might be a very useful one. Let me take you through all […]

Sens Swedish FW prospect to play for Djurgården next year

Don’t worry, Mika Zibanejad is going to be at the Ottawa Senators training camp come September, to try and grab a spot. Another Swedish forward prospect, Marcus Sörensen, though, is not. Sörensen spent last year with Borås of the SEL-2, being loaned from Anders Forsberg’s Skellefteå of the SEL. Sörensen signed a two-year deal with […]

Alfie ”completing circles”, Erik wants to play at Worlds

  Daniel Alfredsson has officially accepted the invitation to join the Swedish national team in a tournament that is partly being played on home ice in the Globe Arena in Stockholm. That could’ve been the end of the story right there, if not for a few interesting quotes Alfredsson left us with, talking to various […]

Senators to play at the World Championship

So far, four Senators players have accepted invitations to play for their countries at the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob Silfverberg didn’t waste any time before getting ready to return to Sweden, while Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson decided to take a few days to think things over after being […]


(Oh, ah) Silfverberg has arrived

“I’m now a very emotional Sens fan.” This is the message I received from Jakob Silfverberg’s older sister last night, at 4 a.m. Swedish time. It’s safe to say that the focus of the Silfverberg family has quickly shifted from the Brynäs playoff run to that of the Ottawa Senators. Same goes for the most interesting […]

Silfverberg SEL champion, MVP: game 6 status update

  Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg just won the SEL title, and scored the game-winning goal in the process. Once again he did it with a shot labeled for the top corner, and once again he was one of the most dangerous players on the ice for his Brynäs, beating the Anders Forsberg-coached Skellefteå, four games […]

Bits And Pieces From Sweden

Mika Zibanejad is already a fan favourite amongst fans in Ottawa, being talked about as one of the brightest stars in the shining prospect pool that is the Ottawa Senators system. An ocean and some non-important not-so-good-at-hockey countries away, there’s another capital city in which Mika has been bringing excitement to hockey fans. However, in […]

Translating Silver Mountain

In light of his recent comments in local Gävle (home of the Brynäs hockey team) paper Arbetarbladet, the following is a topic worthy of discussion. How will Jakob Silfverberg translate? The translating friend that is the Google Machine would probably tell us it’s “Yescob Silfvr Mountain”, but as experienced last year with top prospect David […]

Silfverberg Proud Of His ‘Score Harvest’

Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg has enjoyed a terrific regular season, scoring 24 goals, adding 30 assists for a total of 54 points in 49 games. On Sunday, his team enters a wide-open SEL playoffs, to be followed by a spot on the Swedish World Championship team in May. This morning, Jakob talked to Måns Karlsson […]

Season In Sweden Is Over…Now What?

The SEL regular season came to a close Tuesday in dramatic fashion. As mentioned in my post from the weekend speculating about the possibility of Mika Zibanejad returning to North America; his team had matters in their own hands today. Unfortunately a Djurgården loss combined with a late equalizing goal for Linköping, earning them a […]

The Possible Return Of The Mika

With the Swedish Elite League regular season drawing to a close Tuesday, an interesting question must be raised by Senators management. Mika Zibanejad’s (and Fredrik Claesson’s, obviously, but for the purpose of this debate, he doesn’t really matter) Djurgården are finishing up a terrible year with games on Saturday and Tuesday, playing to avoid the […]