Forward Niclas Bergfors cleared waivers and has been assigned to the Admirals.
Okay. So now what?
I asked a couple of Preds bloggers what they make of Bergfors and whether he’ll fit in here in Milwaukee.
We’ll start with Dirk from OnTheForecheck
It’s hard to know what he’s got offensively, he only rarely played w/decent linemates. He was pretty much The Invisible Man.
This, a common complaint we’ve had about Trotz over the years. Remember when Mike Santorelli would play on the 4th line with Belak and Smithson, and then coaches would lament that he’s not producing offensively? Do we add Bergfors to the list of players that may not have gotten a fair shake from Coach Trotz?
Here’s Section303 chiming in…
He was almost always stuck on the 4th line so, given his linemates, he had offensive upside but never did much. The biggest knock on him is that he’s sloppy (almost presumptious) in his own end. SEVERAL failed clearing attempts out of the zone. Honestly this may make or break his NHL career. This was generally regarded as his “last chance” in the league. If he goes down there and blows it up, maybe he finds his confidence again and earns a recall. The risk, however, is he goes down there and gives up.
So the biggest key in how this plays out may be what’s going on inside his head when he arrives in Milwaukee.
This will be one of Coach Muller’s biggest tests to date — how does he handle and motivate Niclas Bergfors to play at a high level on both ends of the ice?
And without messing with the chemistry of the team he already has….who does Coach skate with Bergfors in Charlotte this weekend? I honestly have no idea who I’d like to see him on a line with right now.
So Roundtable — just one question…..What happens next with Niclas Bergfors?