Maine Hockey Journal

Add another Swede to the line-up

Orono, Me– According to Chris Heisenberg, Maine added Swedish forward Klas Leidermark to the 2009 recruiting class.

The 19-year-old had 22 goals and 22 assists with Brynäs’ SuperElit team. He was eighth in league scoring but was third on his club. He racked up 38 penalty minutes in 38 contests.

“A short (small) playmaker with great games inside and impressive passing. Wise and creative,” according to Eliteprospects.com.

The Black Bears have grown a pipeline in Sweden the last two off-seasons. Gustav Nyquist and Theo Andersson were apart of the 2008 recruiting class.

Nyquist had a stellar freshman year with 13 goals and 19 assists in 38 games. Andersson had no points in 17 contests.

Pontus Hansson was brought over to play for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs but left a month into the season and returned to Sweden where he signed a pro deal for the 2009-2010 season.

Along with Leidermark, Robin Bergman is another Swedish born player in the 2009 class. He has already had collegiate experience as he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish two seasons ago.

He returned to the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders for the 2009-2009 season. He had 22 goals and 20 assists in 55 games. He hasn’t appeared in any playoff contests.

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