The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming!
Alright, maybe not (although many Scandinavian players could pass for one during playoff beard season). But there has definitely been a spotlight on Nashville players from the Scandinavian countries in the past week.
First news broke about the signing of Finnish defenseman Joonas Javinen.
Next thing you know, we have news about a twenty-five year old Swedish forward being signed for a one year $925,000 two-way entry contract (Yes, you read that correctly. All for an ENTRY level contract). Mister Daniel Bang will being joining us next season for this impressive amount of dough.
And good news for a 2010 draft pick, Patrick Cehlin has been signed for a three year contract with the Preds. Cehlin was named one of Sweden’s top three players in last years Junior World Championships and has consistently been one of the top players in the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien).
Throw in the various members of the Preds’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukeewho have a two-way contract and we could have a full blown Scandinavian invasion on the roster next season!
Now this last piece of news is not necessarily “news” to anyone. We all know the one and only Pekka Rinne has been in the running for the cover of the EA Sports 2013 NHL game. Well guess what? He made the finals. So be sure to tune in to the NHL Awards show to see if our Finnish goalie beat out the Flyers’ Claude Giroux to make the cover!
Check it out June 20 at 7pm on NBC Sports Network.