*** Hat tip to Hfboards for the link of a Swedish article and Google translation that indicates that Senators prospect, Andre Petersson, is close to signing an entry-level contract with the team.
HV's gold hero writes in the Ottawa
NHL: Here is the latest of the premier division players who will try to take a spot in the NHL: HV 71's gold forward Andre Petersson.
Ottawa will sign up to change and then lend him to HV.
But he does well at camp, it is not impossible that he stays, "says Ottawa's European Scout Anders Forsberg.
The list of Swedish talent who sign NHL contracts grows longer and longer.
First there was, Djurgården goaltender Gustaf Wesslau with Columbus, Brynäs Keeper Eddie Leak is ready for Vancouver, Leksand team back Oliver Ekman-Larsson has signed for Phoenix, SSK's Linus Klasen has signed in Nashville and Timrå Anders Lindbäck will also go to Nashville - and more are coming. The latest is the HV-forward Andre Petersson.
Ottawa Senators will enter into contracts with the junior star - who was the scoring leader in the New Year's World Junior Tournament.
Ottawa will sign him to an entry-level contract that would lend him to HV. But if he does well at camp, it is not impossible that he stays. Like Erik Karlsson. "It was a gamble," says Anders Forsberg, now the coach of the Skelleftea but who still have their old Ottawa European Scout until midsummer.
Petersson is modest in his comments about moving to North America.
"There was a positive talk from Ottawa after the World Juniors. But I did not want to talk so much about that because I was in the middle of the series and to win national championships with HV," says Peterson.
"Right now, I expect to stay in HV. I'm very happy here. But we'll see what happens in the future."
Do you like NHL?
"It is clear that it is attractive. The NHL has always been a dream. But it was so fun to win national championships so you do not want to miss it next year either."
How often do you have contact with Ottawa?
"I have a continuous contact with them. But I'm not up-to-date with them. I have been too busy celebrating the SM-gold.