“We are very excited to get the caliber of player that Fabian is under contract for the next two seasons,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He is a very good prospect and will definitely be a nice addition to our group of younger players.”
The highly-coveted Brunnstrom will join the Stars beginning next season. He reportedly chose the Stars over several NHL teams who were interested in signing him, including Montreal, Detroit and Toronto. Anaheim and Vancouver were also reported to have interest in the talented forward.
“All of the other teams and clubs, like Montreal and Detroit, were good but I just felt that Dallas was a little bit better for me,” said Brunnstrom. “I really enjoyed the town and the people around the Dallas organization. I got a chance to visit the practice facility and the American Airlines Center and I thought everything was great.”
As he went undrafted as an 18-year-old, the native of Jonstorp, Sweden, was an unrestricted free agent and was free to sign to with any NHL team of his choosing.
“It was a really hard decision for me,” he said. “Dallas was the third team that I visited so when I came home I thought about everything. It was a really hard decision for me. The other clubs were really good too. But I just felt that Dallas was a little bit better for me.”
Brunnstrom, 23, spent the 2007-08 season with Farjestads BK Karlstad in the Swedish Elite League, recording nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points in 54 games. He led the team in assists and placed fifth in scoring, and added a goal in 12 appearances during the Swedish Elite League playoffs.
Asked if there is anything he needs to work on more to become a full-time NHL player next season, Brunnstrom basically said he needs to continue to work on his overall game.
“Yes, sure there is. I have to work on everything,” he said. “But it’s hard to say because I have not been there yet and I do not know how it is going to be. But I know I need to continue to work on everything. I know the game is faster and guys are bigger and smarter. I’ll have to work a lot.”
The 6-1, 203-pound forward skated for Boras HC in Sweden’s second division during the 2006-07 season, collecting 73 points (37 goals, 36 assists) and registering a +51 rating in 41 games.
Brunnstrom split the 2005-06 campaign between Jonstorps IF in Sweden’s third division, and Rogle BK, in the second division. He collected 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) in 38 combined games that season.