12/11 Recap: Persson steps in

Dennis Persson picked up an even-strength assist while totaling 21:35 of time on Timra's second pair as the Eagles defeated Farjestad, 4-3 in overtime. The 6'1 defenseman just missed a scoring opportunity of his own when he rang a shot off the pipe in the third period. Blueliners Mikko Lehtonen and Robin Jonsson were both ill, causing the drastic spike in time for Persson after failing to get a shift in Tuesday's loss. The helper was his fourth point in 30 games this season.
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Friday, December 12, 2008 ×

Wow....that's a huge amount of ice time for him. Do you think he proved anything to the coaching staff that might let him sneak in a few extra minutes once Lehtonen and Jonsson come back?

And really quick, regarding Jonsson, are his rights still owned by an NHL team? I think he used to be a Nashville prospect and I was kind of surprised that he never did anything in North America.

New prospect rankings for the new year?

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Kris Baker
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Friday, December 12, 2008 ×

It's in Persson's best interests to capitalize on whatever time he's given right now - for his NHL and SEL futures. Timra's GM has four dmen under contract for next season, with a few spots looking to fill. My gut is that Persson will be needed in Portland next season, and you can bet that Bo Berglund is keeping tabs to make sure it's a legitimate roster fill. If not, he'll be looking to re-up with an SEL team. With Timra's position in the standings, they may be forced to play their way into the league next year.

Robin Jonsson was a Blues draftee, then was diagnosed with cancer in (I want to say) 2002-03. By my count, he's a UFA. I've seen a few games, and he's a competent European player. Not sure he's set up to play the NA game, though.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008 ×

Thanks for the reply. I had know idea that Jonsson had cancer. That's scary, and 6 years ago...man. Can't imagine hearing that kind of news at 20.

As for him probably not being NHL material, I kind of figured that. He's got a good skill set, but obviously something wasn't clicking or else he'd be with the Blues [thanks for that -- total brain drain on that one] or at least in the AHL.

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