The New Jersey Devils have resigned Swedish forward Mattias Tedenby to a one-year, one-way deal for $600,000. While the Devils have not yet announced the contract for the 23-year-old left wing, who was due to become a restricted free agent on July 5, it was confirmed by various media sources.
The news was first reported by Renaud Lavoie who is a hockey reporter for RDS in Canada on his Twitter account. It was later confirmed by Tom Gulitti on his Fire and Ice Blog, which follows the Devils.
Tedenby was a first round pick of the Devils in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since signing with the club on May 14, 2012, the young Swede has appeared in 105 games for the Devils, netting nine goals and notching 20 assists. He has never played an entire season in the Garden State, instead splitting time between the Devils and their AHL affiliate in Albany.
Last season, Tedenby appeared in four games and had one assist. He played in 37 contests for the Albany Devils and had 10 goals and nine assists. Tedenby also suffered a serious facial laceration in a minor league game in Adirondak on Feb. 15. He was cut by a skate blade after colliding with the opposing goaltender. The large cut ran from his right ear down to his chin and required plastic surgery as well an extended hospital stay in upstate New York.
In all, Tedenby would miss six weeks of the season due to the laceration. He returned to the ice for Albany on March 30. Several of his minor league teammates, including forward Tim Sestito and goaltender Keith Kinkaid, described the frightening aftermath of the incident in various news articles at the time of the accident.
“Very scary,” Sestito said in an interview on Gulitti’s Fire and Ice Blog. “A lot of us just saw the blood, didn’t know if it was an eye, a throat or what. It’s weird to say you’re lucky when you have a huge scar like that, but he is.”
Tedenby was highly touted as a young player in Sweden. He came into the organization with a reputation as being an agile skater with the potential for becoming an offensive powerhouse.
Unfortunately, he has yet to meet those expectations. Tedenby has shown flashes of offensive abilities, but not on a consistent basis which is why he has been on the express train between Jersey and Albany several times. Perhaps with a steady year in the NHL next season, Tedenby will develop into the player he is capable of being because the Devils certainly are in need of a creative scorer and playmaker on the ice.