In a time where sports are dead, the Detroit Red Wings are still trying to better their team, signing Swedish talent Mathias Bromé to a one-year contract.
The Detroit Red Wings have been known to look to Europe to bring in top talents for the future of their organization. General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman has reportedly inked a one-year contract with Swedish forward Mathias Bromé of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).
A top scorer in the SHL, Bromé came in sixth in the league in scoring 17 goals, 26 assists, totaling 43 points through 52 games of the season. Bromé plays for Öreboro HK for the SHL, where he moved to after playing the past two seasons Mora IK of the SHL.
Bromé comes to the Red Wings from Sweden as a 6-foot, 183-pound winger, on a two-way contract. Looking at some highlights of Bromé’s time in Sweden, he has some tools that are great over there, but the question is how it will transfer into the National Hockey League (NHL).
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After being passed on in the draft, Bromé is now looking to make the jump over to the NHL as a twenty-five-year-old who turns twenty-six this summer.
He is not going to jump into the NHL as an elite scoring threat, but he does have offensive tools that look like they might transfer well.
Bromé is a speedy skater, using his speed to accelerate past defenders as well as create open ice for himself.
In a highlight package of Bromé, it is easy to see how he uses his speed to get to open ice, get around defenders, as well as make plays in the offensive zone.
In terms of his scoring, Bromé is also more than productive as a playmaking forward who can find tight passing lanes and get the job done.
He is capable of being a net-front presence, not a Tomas Holmström type, more of a William Nylander type. Nylander developed his net-front presence this year, not really being a physical threat, but a playmaking threat for redirects, tips, and quick passes.
Overall though, Bromé should remind of a quick-moving forward, similar to Tomas Tatar, Jeff Skinner, or Nikolaj Ehlers. The common comparison has been to Tatar as the former Red Wings forward, but he also can be compared to Ehlers.
However, just like Tatar, Bromé can get a little chippy here and there, finding himself in a scrum after the whistle with a feisty attitude. Bromé has the chance to be a middle-six forward for the Red Wings, depending on how his game transfers.
He could be a second-line winger at the height of his value but also be nothing better than third-line winger who is stuck out there with guys like Darren Helm and Frans Nielsen. Only time will tell how Bromé transfers his talent into the NHL; hopefully, he can be as good as Tatar or Ehlers.
Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman signed Bromé as a low-risk investment, being that he is on a one-year, two-way deal and has a high ceiling if all goes well.