Ottawa Senators defenceman Andreas Englund has signed with Vasterviks IK in the Swedish second division (Allsvenskan). Englund is set to be an RFA at the end of the 2019-20 season. Most young players that have been going over to Europe in recent weeks have been loaned by their NHL team. Because Englund is a free agent, he is just signing with Vasterviks. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Englund's contract in Sweden features an NHL-out clause, meaning he can return to the Senators if they send him a qualifying offer next month.

Englund, 24, was drafted by the Senators, 40th overall in 2014. He split time between Ottawa and their AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators. In 24 games with Ottawa, he put up 3 points (0 G, 3 A), 12 penalty minutes and was a -8. With Belleville, Englund didn't do so well. In 22 games, he had 0 points, 32 penalty minutes and was a +2.

Internationally, Englund has represented Sweden on multiple occasions, most recently captaining them at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. He had 2 points (0 G, 2 A), 10 penalty minutes, and was a +1 as Sweden finished fourth after losing to the United States in the bronze medal game. Englund also played at the 2015 tournament, recording 0 points, 2 penalty minutes and was a -1 in 7 games as they finished fourth.

Englund still has an opportunity to make the Senators roster for this coming season. Of course, him and the Sens will have to come to an agreement on a contract first, but signing in Sweden for now gives him the chance to regain some confidence. Hopefully if he comes back to the NHL, he will translate into the strong two-way defender he was supposed to be when Ottawa drafted him.

Source: Vasterviks IK
SEPTEMBER 20, 2020  (16H12)