Carl Grundström, the Leafs newly minted prospect, has played his first two games for his new team and SHL champions Frölunda, and he’s scoring goals already.
The team is at the very start of their preseason play and began with a road trip to Strömstad near the Norwegian border to play one game on Friday against Färjstad and another on Sunday against the Norwegian national team.
In Friday’s game, Casey Wellman, a new player for Frölunda who’s kicked around the AHL and did one year in the KHL scored the only goal of the match.
On Sunday afternoon, local time, two new Frölunda forwards triumphed over the Norwegians. Wellman again had the first goal, but Carl Grundström, centring a line with Montréal’s hot prospect Artturi Lehkonen and veteran Robin Figren, put in the other two. This Leafs and Habs collaboration is scarily good.
After Wellman’s goal, Norway tied it up with a goal on a feed from Mats Zuccarello, but in the third period, Grundström put in a rebound to get the game winner. He capped it with an empty net goal in the final seconds of the game after Colorado Avalanche player Andreas Martinsen of Norway took a penalty to negate the man advantage with the goalie pulled.
Frölunda dominated the play, outshooting the Norwegians 43-21, and they were using the game to get their youngest and newest players some ice time. They left the Norwegians looking like this:
Frölunda goes off to Germany next to play their first Champions Hockey League series game on Friday, and we’ll get a chance to see if this Habs and Leafs co-operation pact can continue to produce goals.