It turns out that Samuel Fagemo’s time in Sweden hasn’t come to an end yet. Sodertalje of the Allsvenskan announced that they’ve reached an agreement with the Kings to have the winger join them to start the season on a loan agreement.
The 20-year-old was passed up in his first trip through the NHL draft but a strong season with Frolunda of the SHL in 2018-19 was enough to convince Los Angeles to draft him in the second round (50th overall) in 2019 and signed his entry-level contract just two weeks later. He followed that up with another good showing with Frolunda this season, picking up 13 goals and nine assists in 42 games. Fagemo also was dominant for Sweden at the 2020 World Juniors, leading the tournament in scoring with eight goals and five assists in just seven games, showing that he’s more than capable of producing against others in his age group.
While simply staying there would have made the most sense, the SHL is not accepting players on short-term loan agreements as this one is as Fagemo will return to the Kings for training camp. As a result, he will have to play down a level to stay in game shape for next season although he should benefit from a more offensive-oriented role while he’s there. It won’t be long before he gets into game action as he’s expected to suit up for Sodertalje this coming Saturday.