Magnus Hellberg is doing what he can at the World Championships to show he is capable of playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 2022-23.
The 6-foot-6 goalie is 2-0 for Sweden in the preliminary round of the tournament. He turned in a 16-save shutout in Sweden’s 6-0 win against Great Britain Tuesday. Earlier in the week, he made 18 saves to help Sweden take down Czechia 5-3. That gives him a 1.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Hellberg, 31, told the Detroit media that he hopes is to play for the Red Wings. His contract was only for the 2021-22 season. Earlier this spring, he told the Swedish media that he had no interest in playing in the American Hockey League. Hellberg won his only start for the Red Wings this season.
Sweden coach Johan Garpenlov didn’t land as many NHLers as he hoped he would get. But Sweden still appears to be one of the contenders at the World Championships. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Rasmus Dahlin are among the NHlers on the squad.
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