Not sure he necessarily needed the lower tier to play against. He just needed ice time. His SOG numbers when playing around 10 minutes were just fine.
Pretty much IMO, he was perfectly capable of being a top nine winger on a SEL team. Problem was Frolunda not the league he was playing against.
By way of analogy, I think he was good enough to play on Bournival's wing right now in the AHL which is about equal to the SEL, but he wouldn't get the chance if Gallagher, Leblanc, Holland and Palushaj were in his way.
That's what I think too. And he'll probably play with better puck feeders than 4th liners in the SEL although I do not know the league/team too well to put such claims.
Örebro is actually a good team. They would definitly end bottom 4 if they played in SEL, but they are quite on the same level as the worst teams in SEL. Their ambition is to play in SEL next season. They have very good players in SEL-2, Jared Aulin was probably the best player in SEL-2 last season and Örebro managed to sign a 2 year contract extension with him. They like to get SEL prospects on loan as it's a very cheap short-term solution for them, and the prospects are obviously hungry as they are keen to get icetime. Örebro also have a 20yo D-man from SEL-club Linköping on loan, and they had a 19yo forward from Linköping on loan during 4 games earlier this season but he's back in Linköping now.
The main part for you non-French speakers is Timmins is quite happy with the transfer to Orebro and says he had a goal and 5 scoring chances in his first game, while being used in many situations. Timmins also feels he's better off there, where he's still playing against grown men, than in a 15th forward role for Frolunda. Frolunda is a hard organization for a young player to break into.
Finally, Timmins is looking forward to the 4 nations tournament in November and the WJC as Collberg is a key part of the Swedish national team.
Oh yeah, he concludes that Collberg moving to North America is something to ask Bergevin about, but they are not feeling the urgency to get him over here. He's a long-term project who is in good hands in Sweden.
Last edited by Marc the Habs Fan: 10-26-2012 at 11:42 AM.
Interesting question at the end where they talk about the future plans but Timmins says it's up to Bergevin and that they aren't in a rush. Looking forward to hearing where Collberg will play next year.