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Andreas Engqvist

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NUMBER: 63

HEIGHT: 6' 4"

WEIGHT: 199

SHOOTS: RIGHT

BORN: 23 DEC 1987 (AGE 23)

BIRTHPLACE: BROMMA, SWEDEN

Signed as a free agent by the Canadiens.

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"A big and strong two-way center. Engqvist has good hockey sense and a fine passing game. Reads the game very well and his defensive game is quite good. His skating is fairly good, although he could improve both his acceleration and top speed. Considering Engqvist has such a large frame, he does not really play physical and should improve that aspect of his game." - Eliteprospects.com

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is he ever goin to get a shot over with the big club? looks gooood!

Not this year. He has one season left on his contract with Djurgårdens IF and he's going to honor it but he will certainly be at next year's training camp and preseason games. IMO he should spend next year in Hamilton to get a feel for the physical demands of the NHL. After that he could really turn out to be something. It's been awhile since we've had a Swede. Sundstrom doesn't count :-).

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I'm pretty sure that he will be at rookie camp. His contract with the Canadiens is from 2009-10 to 2011-12, so he should be there. Where were you getting your info from?

The Canadiens agreed to that he finishes he contract in Sweden before he comes here. So he probably won't play in the NHL 09-10 season but he can still end up with a couple ahl games and ahl playoffs. The Swedish playoffs end before our playoffs start but their season starts faster.

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Position: C

Shoots: R

Height: 6' 3"

Weight: 196 lbs

Born: 23 Dec '87

Born in: Stockholm, SWE

Acquired: Signed July 13 09 to a 3 year contract.

Current team: Djurgårdens IF - Swedish Elitserien

"A big and strong two-way center. Engqvist has good hockey sense and a fine passing game. Reads the game very well and his defensive game is quite good. His skating is fairly good, although he could improve both his acceleration and top speed. Considering Engqvist has such a large frame, he does not really play physical and should improve that aspect of his game." -www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=6626〈=en

Therefore, to summarize, he's slow and wimpy.

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I cannot find one source that says that he will be playing next season for his Swedish team. All the articles I've read say that he is signed with the Canadiens for next year. Even NHL.com has him listed as a member of the Canadiens.

If you mean this season then he is going to honor his contract with Djurgården and thats been reported widely (at least here in Sweden). Next year though he will get a chance to crack the Habs line up.

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What a waste of the 1st year of an entry level contract.

Having said that it might have been one of the conditions to him signing as a free agent.

That might be an advantage, his contract is 3 years of a 796,667 cap hit, Instead of a 3 year 900,000 cap hit.

2009-10: $590,000 (Cap Hit: $796,667)

2010-11: $900,000 (Cap Hit: $796,667)

2011-12: $900,000 (Cap Hit: $796,667)

The Swedish league starts earlier and ends earlier, so he can end up playing 10 season games and playoffs.

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Just a little quick update on Engqvist for those who wants to know. He was named on the roster for the Swedish national team to play in the Czech hockey games (part of the Euro hockey tour) but had to decline due to his hand not beeing a 100%. Shouldnt be anything to worry about in the long run though. Anyway i just wanted to let people know that this is a comming man and hope he has a good year and develop even further so he can crack the Habs line up next year.

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Just a little quick update on Engqvist for those who wants to know. He was named on the roster for the Swedish national team to play in the Czech hockey games (part of the Euro hockey tour) but had to decline due to his hand not beeing a 100%. Shouldnt be anything to worry about in the long run though. Anyway i just wanted to let people know that this is a comming man and hope he has a good year and develop even further so he can crack the Habs line up next year.

thanks for the update.

can you tell me when the sel season starts? i guess considering the injury we wouldn't have seen him in mtl anyway bu,t even though he's honouring his contract in sweden this upcoming season, i would've liked to get a look at him at training camp. does that ever happen?

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You are welcome bigsby:

SEL starts 21 of Sep and the regular season ends on 13 of March http://hockeyligan.se/index.php?gamelist=list see link here.

I may not have been clear about the injuried hand on Andreas its more that he is sore and not used to play with it yet more than anything else (from what I gather anyway). Its more of a precossion (sp?) for the SEL start that he declined the offer of the national team in this touroment. You see he played in Nordic Trophy for his team Djurgården (wich they won this year btw) the last couple of week/s and now felt some pain in his old injuried hand. Its nothing all that bad but a little different to play among pro's compared to the rookie camp earlier this summer in Montreal, but it shouldnt be a problem for all that much longer one would suspect.

The last question I am not sure entierly on what you mean, but I think Andreas will take part in next years training camp for Montreal and not this year. He is concentrating on SEL this season and not NHL/AHL wich I belive was a part of the agremeent between Habs, DIF and Andreas himself to this signing. I think the Habs have been very honroble and respectfull in this (dont know the details, could been a demand from Andreas too or DIF). Montreal was interested in him before his injury last season so who knows.

If you mean that contarcted players are "bought out" from their Swe contracts and then sign with a NHL team and then go to training camp to try and crack the lineup, then yes it happens and it can be several reasons for this. Like a clause or that the two clubs is in a agreement or sometimes a player buy himself out to go over the Atlantic (since Sweden dont have a agreement with NHL right now) but usually/mostly things are done in a honroble way to compensate the Swedish clubs somewhat (small dollars but better then none and this is a big problem right now for SEL).

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You are welcome bigsby:

SEL starts 21 of Sep and the regular season ends on 13 of March http://hockeyligan.se/index.php?gamelist=list see link here.

I may not have been clear about the injuried hand on Andreas its more that he is sore and not used to play with it yet more than anything else (from what I gather anyway). Its more of a precossion (sp?) for the SEL start that he declined the offer of the national team in this touroment. You see he played in Nordic Trophy for his team Djurgården (wich they won this year btw) the last couple of week/s and now felt some pain in his old injuried hand. Its nothing all that bad but a little different to play among pro's compared to the rookie camp earlier this summer in Montreal, but it shouldnt be a problem for all that much longer one would suspect.

The last question I am not sure entierly on what you mean, but I think Andreas will take part in next years training camp for Montreal and not this year. He is concentrating on SEL this season and not NHL/AHL wich I belive was a part of the agremeent between Habs, DIF and Andreas himself to this signing. I think the Habs have been very honroble and respectfull in this (dont know the details, could been a demand from Andreas too or DIF). Montreal was interested in him before his injury last season so who knows.

If you mean that contarcted players are "bought out" from their Swe contracts and then sign with a NHL team and then go to training camp to try and crack the lineup, then yes it happens and it can be several reasons for this. Like a clause or that the two clubs is in a agreement or sometimes a player buy himself out to go over the Atlantic (since Sweden dont have a agreement with NHL right now) but usually/mostly things are done in a honroble way to compensate the Swedish clubs somewhat (small dollars but better then none and this is a big problem right now for SEL).

ah, i see.

i'm very against poaching players from other leagues so what i meant was that if, let's say, the sel season started in nov or dec than maybe there was a chance we could've seen andreas at training camp, knowing full well he couldn't make the lineup because he's honouring his contract in sweden this year but i guess that's what the development camp is for - i didn't follow it so i didn't know he was here. i suppose going to training camp when you can't make the team would be wasting peoples' time but i love the drive these kids show to crack a lineup so it would've been interesting to see how andreas faired against the big boys. :)

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