Prior to the NHL’s announcement that the 2019-20 regular season was officially over, Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman was making moves during the league-wide pause thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He signed Swedish forward Mathias Brome to a one-year deal, bringing aboard the Swedish Hockey League’s sixth leading scorer.
How does Yzerman view Brome’s overall game?
“I like his hockey sense, I like his competitiveness,” Yzerman said. “He’s not a Henrik Zetterberg- or Pavel Datsyuk-type of finesse player, he’s a worker with some skills and can contribute and make plays and finish a little bit. We’ll see if that translates in the NHL…He’s a good skater, has good skills. He’s a worker, very competitive, with good hockey sense.”
Thanks to Director of European Scouting Hakan Andersson, the Red Wings were able to identify Brome as a player who could help their team offense. He lead his team in the SHL Orebo HK in points, and put up 56 points the previous two combined seasons with Mora IK.
“Hakan (director of European scouting Andersson) and (European scout) Thomas Carlsson, they know the young man well. Like the majority of Swedes … high character, great teammate. We’re hopeful he can make our roster and inject a little bit more offense (and) be a good two-way player for us.”
– – Quotes via Ansar Khan of MLive Link – –