By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Jonatan Berggren.
When the Red Wings drafted forward Jonatan Berggren in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, he was a little bit younger than most of his draft class.
Berggren does not even turn 20 until July 16.
The young forward probably feels older than his 19 years, having dealt with two serious injuries the last two seasons.
This season Berggren played in a few more games than he did the previous year until he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Berggren was able to play for Team Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship in Czech Republic but had to undergo surgery on his shoulder shortly after returning from the tournament, in which Sweden beat Finland for the bronze medal.
During the 2018-19 season, Berggren had a lower back injury but was able to recover in time for most of development camp and summer training.
The good thing for Berggren is despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden elected to remain open with precautions so gyms have been open and ice has been available.
So when he is completely healed, he should be able to jump right back in.
Assuming the pandemic allows for a full Swedish Hockey League season and playoffs, Berggren will have to remain healthy so he can push his development trajectory back in the upward direction.
24 - Berggren played in just 24 games for Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League this past season. Five players on the team played in all 52.
40 - In the last two seasons, Berggren has played in 40 SHL games total after playing just 16 during the 2018-19 season because of a back injury.
2 - In those 24 games, Berggren scored two goals, which is two more than he had the previous season. Oscar Möller led the team with 20 goals in 50 games.
10 - Berggren also had 10 assists for Skellefteå AIK. He had three in 16 games in 2018-19. Rickard Hugg also had 10 assists but in 49 games. Joakim Lindström and Jonathan Pudas each had 23 assists, in 47 games and 52 games, respectively.
.50 - In his limited action, Berggren averaged .50 points per game, which was third among under-20 SHL forwards. Only Samuel Fagemo, who had 22 points in 42 games for Frölunda HC, and Filip Hållander, who had 14 points in 27 games for Luleå HF, averaged more.
6 - With Skellefteå AIK, Berggren only had six penalty minutes, tied with Jacob Olofsson, also in 24 games, Philip Broberg, who had six penalty minutes in 45 games, and Albin Eriksson, who had six in 17 games.
7 - Berggren was able to play in all seven games for Sweden during the IIHF World Junior Championship in Czech Republic.
1 - Berggren had one goal during the World Junior Championship, in a 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan on Dec. 30.
4 - He also registered four assists during the tournament, which was seventh on the team. Rasmus Sandin and Nils Lundqvist led the way with seven assists apiece.
Quotable: "Shoulder injury this year. It's too bad for Berggie. He had shoulder surgery, his recent one. He's just had a bunch of bad luck. He had the back injury the previous year, now the shoulder injury. It's really too bad. He put in a lot of time. I think the one thing with Berggie was when we drafted him, he was a really kind of immature kid, everything came so natural to him growing up that he didn't have to put a ton of time in off the rink or away from the rink, off the ice. He's just kind of a guy that went on the ice and just his natural talent took over. To his credit, he realized that needed to improve and that's not an overnight process either. That takes some time to really set in and do and he started to do it. I think coming into this season, he obviously played at the world juniors, he was much better in the world juniors this year, playing in an offensive role. Obviously the injury was too bad because he was just starting to play some real good hockey and the points were starting to come for him. It's too bad. But it is what it is. There's not much you can really do. He's getting good rehab there right now. He's going to be in a situation where he's going be able to train the entire summer, get himself back in strength and be ready for camp. He's in a good spot. Obviously unfortunate the last couple seasons he's had major injuries that have kind of limited his games, but it is what it is. He's doing everything he can right now to make himself better." - Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel