|Written by Kevin Won|
April 2013 - Max Friberg spent the season in the SEL (Timra), posting eight goals and eight assists in 55 games. The hard-working forward received an average of 14 minutes-per-game and took on a larger role this season seeing time on the powerplay as well. Four of his eight goals this season with Timra were on the powerplay. Friberg is able to find space in high quality shooting areas and has a nose for the net. After getting eliminated from the playoffs (six points in 10 games), he reported to the Norfolk Admirals on April 10th. He will need to spend some time adjusting to the North American game, and it is still unknown whether he will return to the Admirals for next season (2013-14). Has top-six potential if it all pans out. Kevin Won
July 2012 – Anaheim has recently signed Friberg to a three year entry level. He is still likely to play in Europe and become a better player by playing against men in a larger role in Sweden. Jason Banks
April, 2012- Coming from Sweden’s third highest tier, the Swedish Division 1, made Max Friberg a tough prospect to assess going into his draft year. Along with posting over a point-per-game pace for Division 1’s Skovde IK in 34 games, he had good showings as part of Sweden’s Under-19 and Under-20 teams in 2010-2011. However, since he came up through a seldom-explored area of Sweden’s hockey system for NHL scouts, Friberg fell to the Ducks in the fifth round. Friberg is a very fast skater and is a team-oriented hard worker; willing to forecheck and do the grittier aspects of the game. He is not limited to just having upside as an under-sized speedy grinder. He has above average awareness offensively as well as great awareness in the energy forward areas of focus. He jumped right on to Timra’s Elitserien roster in 2011-2012 and posted 10 points in 48 games at his country’s top level. Friberg’s low numbers are not surprising given that most teenagers in Sweden’s Eliserien do not have big offensive roles. The highlight of the year for Friberg was his 11-point showing in six games for Sweden in the WJC U20. He will almost certainly be back in the Elitserien next season and could be there another two to three years. Depending on how he does in Sweden, he could end up being a great third line scoring option that can spot start on scoring lines when he is hot offensively. Yas Guthe
Fantasy Outlook: C+
Friberg is a hard worker that is probably years away. If he starts scoring in the Elitserien, his value could rise quickly. His potential indicates that most likely will be a good third line scorer potentially.
Friberg showing off some quick hands in a 2012 WJC U20 shootout against the Swiss:
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|Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 07:21|