The Boston Bruins will not have young forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson in the lineup next season. GM Don Sweeney announced today that Forsbacka Karlsson intends on returning to Sweden and signing with the Vaxjo Lakers in the SHL for next season. He does however expect his young forward to return at some point in the future:
Jakob will continue his professional hockey career and development in the SHL and we support his decision to be closer to his family at this time in his life. Over the past few weeks, Jakob has also communicated that he fully intends to resume playing for the Bruins, but for right now he feels playing at home in Sweden is what is best for him.
Forsbacka Karlsson, 22, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer when his entry-level contract expires. He played 28 games for both the Boston Bruins and Providence Bruins this season, while also returning home for a short period to deal with a personal matter. In his AHL appearances he registered 16 points, while scoring just nine at the NHL level.