Anaheim Ducks sign swedish prospect Max Friberg

By Jeff Shibley

The Anaheim Ducks announced yesterday that they signed Swedish prospect Max Friberg. Friberg a LW was the Ducks 6th pick taken in the 2011 draft, and was selected in the 5th round.

At the time of the draft many said it was a steal to get him so late. When the World Juniors came 6 months later we all saw why. Friberg led the tournament with 9 goals, and won the gold medal with team Sweden. At 5’10”  194 lbs. Friberg isn’t the biggest player, but he really likes to throw the body around. His combination of his ability to put up points, combined with his physical play reminds me of watching Chris Kunitz play when he was with the Ducks. One shift he scores a skillful goal, and the next shift he is mixing it up in the corners. Another thing I noticed from watching the tournament. Maybe because of that combination, or also maybe because he plays with a flair that can be considered “hot dogging it”, I noticed that he was drawing a lot of penalties from the other teams. His agitating style seemed to get under the opponents skin kind of like how you saw Dustin Brown in this years playoffs.

It is not too often that you get to excited about a teams 6th pick of a draft. The fact that he is only the second player the Ducks have signed so far from the 2011 draft after second pick goalie John Gibson has to be seen as a sign that the Ducks are excited as well. All signs point to the Friberg playing one more season in Sweden before coming over here and getting likely a year in the AHL. So we are still looking at 3 seasons from likely seeing him take a role with the Ducks NHL team, but he can always surprise and make the team sooner.

Also, and I am way late on this, but the Ducks signed 2 other prospects earlier this month. The Ducks 5th pick in the 2010 swedish defenseman Tim Heed was signed, and is also expected to play one more season in Sweden. The signing of Heed had the Ducks sign all of there top 5 picks from both the 2009, and 2010 draft which is a great sign.

The other signing was So Cal prospect Ryan Lasch. Lasch, from Lake Forest is a small forward at 5’9″ 181 lbs. who played last season in Finland, and is likely to spend this season on the Ducks new AHL team, unless he impresses enough to earn a call up.

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