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Report: Kyle Wellwood signs in Switzerland

Sep 11, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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Free agent forward Kyle Wellwood signed a one-month contract with EV Zug in Switzerland’s National League A, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun and

There were rumors that the 30-year-old center was going to receive a professional tryout with an NHL team, but that turned out to be untrue. Still, from the sound of things, it appears that he’s “auditioning” for a professional hockey gig nonetheless.

Of course, he could also be keeping his options open in case an NHL team has an opening, too.

Teams that ignored the unfair (but occasionally amusing) fat jokes found a respectable NHL player in Wellwood.

He generated a career-high 47 points with the Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12, showing nice playmaking skills and solid ability in the faceoff dot. He played 39 games with Winnipeg in 2013, collecting 15 points.

Perhaps he’ll get another chance to prove himself at the game’s highest level, but for now, he’ll wait overseas.

  1. canucks30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    He’s too slow and inconsistent to play in the top 6 and lacks the defensive polish and physicality to play in the bottom 6.

    Basically, he’s a powerplay/shootout specialist tweener.

    Still, some teams could have used him but probably want to give that role to someone younger.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      His two-way game is underrated. Nobody’s ever going to have him shadowing Evgeni Malkin out there but he positions himself okay in the defensive zone, comes/stays down low to give his defensemen another open man to help with zone exits, and makes mostly high percentage decisions with the puck in the neutral zone.

      His skill set might be better suited to riding shotgun with a future HOFer (like he did with Mats Sundin) but that’s a tough gig to get and given the realities of being an NHL journeyman he did well to eke out a two-way job in the league.

      That being said, at the end of the day you’re still right that he doesn’t fit the mould of a prototypical top six or bottom six player.

  2. sampulls - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    He’s done. PS. His wife wears the pants.

  3. davebabychreturns - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Hopefully this goes better than he stint in the KHL did. Hopefully there are fewer packs of hungry dogs in Zug than there were in Mytishchi!

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