Vancouver Canucks restricted free agent winger Anton Rodin has signed a two-year contract with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Elite League.
Rodin, 22, has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Chicago Wolves where he has been unable to find his North American and NHL niche. He came over from Sweden in the summer of 2011 with high expectations as a Thomas Gradin draft pick.
The Canucks were so high on Rodin in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, they considered taking him in the first round with their 22nd overall pick. They might have gone through with that if Jordan Schroeder, the fifth ranked North American skater, did not fall all the way to 22nd.
Is the last we have seen of Rodin? Not at all, Brynas general manager Mike Sundlöv is making it sound like Rodin plans to continue his development in Sweden in hopes of one day making the NHL.
He can take a new departure for us, and hopefully we will be able to contribute to that he continues to develop, so that he can then make the jump to the NHL. (via Google Translate)
The Canucks will retain his rights if they issue him a qualifying offer of one-year at $735,000 by June 27.