Take THAT, Minnesota Wild(s)

As usual, I’m slow on the uptake, but I actually attempted to have a life this weekend, so forgive the tardiness.  Falconer at BWA was, of course, the first to break the news and look into the signing of Fredrik Pettersson.  He’s a 23 year old Swedish left wing currently with Frolunda.  Apparently the former teammate of Karl Klingberg chose the Thrashers over the Wild and a couple of other clubs, so color me extremely flattered by that. Petersson was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers, played a few games in the WHL, and then returned to Sweden to finish his development instead of going to the AHL.  He remained unsigned until the Thrashers picked him up.

I appreciated the description that Falconer has up of him from Red Line Report, calling him “pinball like.” As someone who has watched the human pinball that is TJ Oshie for a couple of seasons, that is some serious high praise.  You want someone like that – they tend to have no fear.  They’re not necessarily scoring machines, but they can average fairly high numbers, and they have a knack at getting under opponents’ skin.  I guess that since the Thrashers didn’t get Oshie in a package for Kovalchuk, they got the next best thing risk free. “You’ve been Petterssoned!” doesn’t sound right, though.

 

EDIT: No deal’s been reached quite yet – apparently they’re still in agent talks.  Bah.

Better Edit: Yep, deal done.  It’s gotta be, because CapGeek.com has the salary terms up.

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Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.