After failing to make it to the NHL, Filip Berglund is taking his talents back overseas. The pending restricted free agent forward has signed a new two-year contract with Orebro in the SHL, meaning the Edmonton Oilers won’t even be able to keep his exclusive rights.
Berglund, 25, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Oilers back in 2020, but with the uncertainty of the AHL season in 2020-21, he remained in Sweden for the first year. This time around he joined the Bakersfield Condors, but the 6’3″ defenseman didn’t find a ton of success, registering just six points in 53 regular season games. With Bakersfield knocked out of the Calder Cup playoffs, he has obviously jumped at an opportunity to return home.
While a qualifying offer would keep him on the Oilers reserve list this summer, Berglund will turn 27 before this new contract in Sweden expires, meaning he’ll be an unrestricted free agent again in 2024. Whether a return to North America is possible at that point likely depends on his production over the next two years, and whether or not any team was impressed enough with his AHL play to consider giving him another NHL contract.
The 2016 Oilers draft class continues to struggle, as the five picks they had in the first three rounds have combined for 102 career points–98 of which have been from Jesse Puljujarvi.