Playing in 67 games Jonatan Berggren showed promise for the Detroit Red Wings. Playing a bottom six role, Berggren showed a nice two-way game that gives hope he is a long term solution for that group going forward. Berggren was able to be a capable defender as well as flash some real offensive upside. Now, as for many players heading into their second seasons Berggren must do something that tends to elude young players, avoid the dreaded sophomore slump by finding consistency in his game.
15G, 13A, 28P, -14+/-, 16PIM, 5PPG, 9PPP, 98S, S%15.3 that is Jonatan Berggren’s line from his rookie season. As with some players those numbers do not tell the whole story. Using his speed and being a very good skater allowed Berggren to rarely be out of position at both ends of the ice. Berggren plays with a low center of gravity and was difficult to move off the puck. Primarily playing on Detroit’s third line, Berggren’s energy took that line to another level.
Drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Level Draft, Berggren sign his ELC in 2021 and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Playing in 70 games for the Griffins, Berggren put up respectable numbers; 70G, 21G, 43A, 64P, 16PMI, -14+/-. Berggren would appear in seven games in Grand Rapids to start the season and was called up to Detroit.
Now that the rest of the league has seen him, Berggren will need to make adjustments to his game to insure that he is not going to become stagnant. That is the crux that young players face in striving to take their game to the next level. Berggren feels like a player with more to give.
For the nearly rebuilt Detroit Red Wings, Jonatan Berggren is a pivotal player in that he is young and skilled and can be a difference maker for the Detroit third line. Grouped with C- Joe Veleno and RW-Matt Luff the trio combined for 26 goals. Berggren looks to be the scoring wing consistently which will help Detroit going forward.
For a player like Jonatan Berggren who has more to give, his second season will be big. If he elevates his game the Red Wings will be in good shape.