Carolina has added its third unrestricted free agent to the organization by signing winger Malte Strömwall to the organization. Strömwall is a Swedish winger that was applying his craft in the Kontinental Hockey League with Dinamo Minsk in Belarus. Now, he is going to make the trip over to North America and he will be a member of the Carolina Hurricanes organization to at least start the season.
If the Hurricanes opt to keep the Lulea, Sweden native on the main roster, he could be of use. At 6’0, 190, he’s not undersized for the major North American leagues. He’s got some scoring upside and has played in North America before, but by far his best numbers were in the KHL. During his brief stint as a member of the Hartford Wolf pack, he was less than inspiring.
Back in 2016-17, Strömwall played 44 games with the Wolves and had 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points. That season went in a direction that had him spending some time in the ECHL so I’ll let you be the judge of that. If you are thinking to yourself “I know that name from somewhere” his ECHL team was the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, so he’s been to Carolina before. Perhaps that is why he chose to return to North Carolina specifically.
In theory, Strömwall likely spends the season with the Chicago Wolves to help replenish some of the losses the AHL Champions suffered. In a pinch, he’s played against men for a long time and will be able to step in if the Hurricanes find themselves in a similar position to last December when everyone was on the Covid-19 list. A good depth signing, we will see what comes of it in the future.