The Anaheim Ducks announced this morning the signing of Swedish forward Max Friberg to a three year entry-level contract. Friberg, 19, is from Skovde, Sweden and currently is on the roster of Timra IK in the Swedish Elite League (SEL). Friberg is listed at 5’10”-194 lbs. The Ducks selected Friberg in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Before playing for Timra IK, Friberg had played for his hometown team in Skovde in Swedish Division 1. In his first season in the SEL, Friberg appeared in 48 games and registered 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points and a plus/minus of -3 and 8 PIM. He really burst onto the scene in the World Junior Championships this past winter. He represented Sweden and helped them win the Gold Medal with an incredible performance. He tallied 9 goals and 2 assists for 11 points in just 6 games for Sweden.
He is a strong guy for only 5’10” that helps him be effective on the forecheck. He’s a hard-working team player that will do what needs to be done in order for his team to be successful. He’s a two-way player that focuses on all aspects of the game. He doesn’t have mind-blasting skill but enough to be potentially a top-six forward. He is mainly a left winger, but has played right wing as well. He is probably around the second or third best LW prospect in the Ducks’ system, behind Devante Smith-Pelly and maybe behind Patrick Maroon. Some scouts think that Friberg can reach the NHL level sooner rather than later. Friberg is just one of the many prospects that could become a staple in the Ducks lineup in the future.
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