The one-time highly touted Swedish forward and now former Red Wing Fabian Brunnstrom has signed a three-year deal with Frolunda, a club in the Swedish Elite League according to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com.
The 27-year-old Brunnstrom signed a one-year, two way contract with the Wings prior to last season. After a strong training camp, Brunnstrom won a spot on the roster but was unable to hold onto it as the regular season progressed.
After spending most of the 2011-12 season in Grand Rapids, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland admitted that there likely wasn’t a spot for Brunnstrom on the Wings due to the teams 50 player roster limit.
“We want to explore what’s out there. We’re looking for certain types of guys (for Grand Rapids),” Holland said on July 5. “I think Brunnstrom is a good player, but we need leadership, toughness down there.”
While with Grand Rapids Brunnstrom picked up 12 goals and 35 points in 45 games.
After the Dallas Stars won the “Brunnstrom Sweepstakes” back in 2008, he broke into the NHL with plenty of hype. He recorded a hat trick in his debut on October 15th, 2008 against Nashville and finished with 17 goals and 29 points in 55 games as a rookie.
Brunnstrom though was never able to live up to the fanfare recording only 19 goals and 41 points in 104 NHL games over three seasons.