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Heading home: Devils’ Tedenby signs in Sweden

Aug 14, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT


Earlier, we passed along word of Kyle Beach signing in Austria and now, there’s a report of another 2008 first-rounder heading overseas.

Mattias Tedenby, the Swedish forward taken 24th overall by New Jersey in ’08, has inked with former club HV71, the team announced on Thursday.

Tedenby, 24, leaves North America following a steady decline from his rookie campaign. He debuted with the Devils as a 20-year-old in 2010-11, posting eight goals and 22 points in 58 games to lead all New Jersey rookies in scoring. From there, though, things went south — he was shuffled back and forth between the Devils and AHL Albany, and never played more than 43 NHL games in a single season.

In January, the Devils placed Tedenby on waivers, where he went unclaimed.


  1. shaundre93 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Would not be surprised to see him back in a few years. Too much skill to just forget about, I think he’s just a late bloomer physically. Not exactly a great player to organization fit

  2. gbart22 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I’d agree he’ll probably get a 2nd try in a few years when he is a little older could end up like parenteau and be a really late bloomer. The devils were not a great fit and I speak as a devils fan.

    • Mr. No Days Off - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      I completely agree with your last comment that he wasn’t a great fit with the Devils organization. Tedenby was constantly in the Devils dog house because he wasn’t great on the forecheck, but I thought everytime he was out there he brought great energy. This has been a problem for most of the Devils younger players, with the exception of Henrique, that they are always playing scared because if they make a mistake they will end up on the bench.

    • storminator16 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Same stuff is said about every European who washes out. He spent significant amount of time in North America and it didn’t work out. He is a smaller forward who does make body contact but I didn’t think he was overly impressive in that aspect. Highly skilled player but what he provided on the ice (even in the AHL) was replaceable. I really don’t see that player coming back to play in the NHL ever. He will probably be happier maximizing his earning potential back in Sweden. Not a knock on him; just wish him the best of luck and move on.

  3. 950003cups - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    He wasn’t NHL caliber.

    • bsaures - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Still did more than you will ever do

      • storminator16 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        And you as well, bsaures.

        He said he wasn’t “NHL” caliber, which is the top pro league in the world. Most folks aren’t, including us. He didn’t say Tedenby is a horrible person or eats gerbils.

      • bsaures - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        At 24 he still has plenty of time to be a nhl player maybe he just wants out of nj (I dont blame him). If we wrote off every player at 24 the league would be missing quite a few great players

  4. cliffatola - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    The fact that he is a restricted free agent means all roads back to the NHL will have to go through New Jersey some way or another.

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