With the NHL regular season in its home stretch and most European pro leagues already on to the postseason, talk has already begun about players who could be looking to make the jump overseas this off-season. There are always several European free agent signings each summer, with this past off-season an especially busy period for such moves, and this year should not be any different. One of the names that could join the NHL ranks is Swedish forward Mathias Brome. Hockey News Sweden reports that several teams are looking into importing the young winger this off-season.
Brome, 24, just finished his second season in the Swedish Hockey League, setting new career highs. Brome finished tied for 14th in scoring in the league with 35 points in 52 games and was a top-20 goal scorer with 15 tallies. While it may not seem like overly impressive output, the SHL sported just one point-per-game scorer in 2018-19, so Brome’s numbers were truly among the best in the league. However, they weren’t enough to help his team earn a playoff berth. Mora IK finished second-to-last in the league and will have to play to avoid relegation for the second straight season.
Brome will likely take any chance he can get in the NHL, but he will be eager to move on from Mora one way or another if the team is relegated out of the SHL. Brome’s contract with Mora expires at the end of the season and if he does not end up in the NHL, Hockey News Sweden states that he will be a hot commodity among other SHL squads.
However, the report indicates that a move to the NHL is the most likely result. A number of teams have reportedly reached out to Brome, with Hockey News Sweden specifically naming the Vegas Golden Knights as a team with great interest. A well-rounded, two-way winger, Brome may not have the flashy offensive ability that some of his countrymen possess, but makes up for it with a balanced game that should fit nicely with being a useful depth piece in the NHL. Should Brome land an NHL contract, he will likely begin his career as a top-six AHL player or bottom-six player in the NHL. Having the ability to play either a scoring role or checking role makes Brome a versatile option. This very well could be the main reasons that there is an influx of interest in the young forward. We’ll see soon enough if that interest translates to a contract from Brome.