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Monday, April 14, 2008

Wings prospect dropped from Swedish national team

Dick Axelsson had a run-in with Swedish authorities over the weekend, ending up in jail overnight. That led to his being dropped from the Swedish national team for an upcoming tournament.
The following report from the Swedish site questions whether Axelsson's behavior will keep the Red Wings from signing him. The Red Wings have until June 1 to sign Axelsson or lose his rights.
Axelsson was the Red Wings' third-round draft pick (62nd overall) in 2006. Axelsson was one prospect that Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill said the team wanted to sign. Axelsson had 12 goals, 25 points and 44 penalty minutes in 47 games in the Swedish Elite League this winter.
The Local's report on the incident ...

Swedish ice hockey star Dick Axelsson has been dropped from the national team after spending Saturday night in jail for drunk and disorderly behaviour, Aftonbladet reports.
The incident has also cast doubt over a planned summer move to the Detroit Red Wings.
The 20-year-old Djurgården player got into an argument with two police officers on arriving in the city centre with some friends on Saturday.
According to the police report, Axelsson told the officers that he "hated cops".
On returning home from a sleepless night in a cell, the talented forward called national team coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson to inform him of what had happened.
Gustafsson made it clear to Axelsson the he would not be welcome to travel with the team to this week's Ceska Pojistovna Cup tournament in the Czech Republic.
A touted summer move to the Detroit Red Wings may now also be in jeopardy.
"It is definitely possible to say that this is not on the plus side of his account," the team's European manager Hakan Andersson told Dagens Nyheter.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is an on-going problem, then it is important.
On the other hand, a young man celebrates too much and gets into trouble...I bet that has happened to all of us.
As a matter of fact, it happened to the Staal brothers at a batchelor party last summer.

April 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM 
Blogger Kyle said...

20 year olds drink? Whoa..

Not a great thing for him, but I doubt this compromises him getting a contract this summer. Detroit is in desperate need of big scorers, and he's the best (and almost the only) we have in the system. He'll be signed.

Plus, he's always had "attitude" problems, evident by his high PIM every year (much better this year though). Wouldn't it be nice to have at least one guy who plays with that kind of edge?

April 14, 2008 at 6:45 PM 

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