The Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings just got better without really doing a thing. 2012 NHL draft eligible Henrik Sameulsson has decided to leave Modo in Sweden and will reportedly join the Oil Kings prior to the January 10th deadline.
The news was broken on Twitter by Uffe Bodin, the Editor in Chief for hockeysverige.se who simply tweeted "Draft eligible fw Henrik Samuelsson is heading to the #WHL. He's leaving Modo, where his dad Ulf is coaching, for the Edmonton Oil Kings."
The press release from Modo. (in Swedish)
Samuelsson played for the US-NTDP last year after growing up in Phoenix, AZ where his dad was coaching with the NHL's Coyotes. He left the U18 program and moved to Sweden last summer when his dad became head coach of Modo.
The 6'2, 192 lb winger is exactly what the Oil Kings don't have - an offensive weapon with size.
The Oil Kings will also benefit from the return of injured forward Travis Ewanyk, expected back in February. The 1st place Oil Kings were already considered WHL contenders and adding Samuelsson and Ewanyk without giving up anything in the process will only further cement that status.
Samuelsson was a guest on TPS last May and spoke about the possibility of joining the Oil Kings after his 1-year contract with Modo expired.
Henrik and his brother Philip were both Oil Kings prospects although the defenceman opted for the NCAA route and played two years at Boston College.