The Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and The Montreal Canadiens are all expected to announce the signing of European players.
Toronto Maple Leafs expected to sign Carl Grundstrom
Expect the Maple Leafs to announce signing of Swedish forward Carl Grundstrom to a 3 yr entry level contract soon.
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Carl Grundstrom in second round of the 2016 NHL draft. Grundstrom spent last season with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League. He recorded 14 goals and 20 points in 45 games. Grundstrom has represented Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship two times. Over the course of his two appearances, he scored 11 goals and put up 19 points in 15 games played.
Ben Kerr’s 2016 Scouting Report on Grundstrom can be found here.
Chicago Blackhawks close to signing David Kampf
Also expect the Chicago Blackhawks to sign European forward David Kampf to a 2 year entry level contract.
David Kampf has spent the past four season playing for Chomutov Pirati of the Czech Extraliga. The 22-year-old enjoyed his best professional season in 2016-2017, recording a career-high 15 goals and 16 assists in 52 games. He also had a strong performance in the playoffs, putting up 10 points in 15 games. Kampf is a left-handed shot who is listed at 6’0 feet, 180 pounds. Kampf previously represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. He had 4 points in 10 games during his World Junior career.
Montreal Canadiens to sign Jakub Jerabek
According to R-Sport, a Russian news agency, the Montreal Canadiens are close to signing Jakub Jerabek. The Czech born defender spent eight season with Plzen HC of the Czech Extraliga before moving to play for Chekov Vityaz of the KHL for the 2016-2017 season. The 25-year-old had his best professional season this year, tallying 34 points in 59 games and was selected to play in the KHL All-Star game. He represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Championships recording five assists over eight games. He will be representing the Czech Republic once again at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.