The Bridge Report: Sundstrom Gets the Recall

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Sundstrom gets the recall

Sundstrom gets the recall

From the New York Islanders:

The New York Islanders announced today that Johan Sundstrom has been recalled under emergency conditions from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Sundstrom, 21, has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native scored 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games last year during his first season in North America.

The Islanders selected Sundstrom in the second round (50th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft. Prior to joining the Sound Tigers, Sundstrom played two professional seasons with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.

On the international stage, Sundstrom has represented Sweden at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2012.

My take: If you read my quick take on Grabner a few days ago, I’m not surprised by the move. John Persson, who has done well as of late is still too early from recovering from a injury, but I feel Sundstrom is ready for at least a look at the big club. From what I’ve seen of him so far, He’s a hitter and can score goals which makes him a great bottom 6, maybe even a third line forward. It will be interesting where Capuano puts him, but there is potential in Sundstrom.

More from Sebastian Collberg:

I’m aware fans wanted a first round pick for Vanek, but in all likelihood, the Islanders did just that, but he’s already into a developing prospect. As regular readers will attest, I do draft summaries of at least 15 players of that particular draft year and on occasion (My dog picked Tavares, de Haan, Reinhart, Pulock) I get the player right in the first round. When I want to do research, I go to many sites, but I always go to Bob McKenzie of TSN first for any kind of early info. Now, because the Isles were a lottery pick in 2012, the year Collberg and Reinhart were picked, I didn’t have to do so many players, but when I go back to Bob’s archives, I discovered that he and a host of other NHL scouts had Collberg ranked 27th in the top 30.

So when Islanders General manager Garth Snow had him ranked 22nd by their own scouts & I see many had a similar ranking on Collberg, the Islanders may indeed have received a first round talent with that Vanek trade. Now many fans looked at Collberg’s stats and yes, they’re not great, but he is only a prospect. Calvin de Haan was not supposed to make it by some fans “expertise” but yet, here he is playing top 4 minutes for the Islanders. Jeff Tambellini ring a bell to anyone?  Where is he now? The point is, Collberg will be apart of the Sound Tigers next year and like Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan said during their Q&A’s at the booster club, playing in the AHL is adapting to the speed of the game, once you do that, everything falls into place. For Collberg, it’s getting used to the pace and learning the North American style of hockey. He’ll have help from fellow swedes Persson and the now recalled Sundstrom.

Also from the Islanders: Kevin Czuczman has arrived!

Recently signed defenseman Kevin Czuczman (pronounced Church-man) arrived at Islanders Iceworks for practice Thursday morning for his first NHL practice.

“The coaches are trying to ease me into the transition from college,” said Czuczman. “It’s a totally different style of hockey. It’s much more efficient. It’s not run and gun like it was in college. They are helping me with that and trying to take the next step in my career.”

That folks is why he’s up on the Islanders and not Bridgeport. When you have two former Bridgeport Sound Tigers coaches now with the Islanders, they’ll at least make the transition easier for Czuczman. I expect he’ll get the Anders Lee treatment and start next season in Bridgeport, but like Reinhart, could be a call up by game 30-40 if needed. Czuczman was very sought out and like in my previous post, picking up a player like Czuczman is like getting a first round pick.