Malte Strömwall, who signed as a free agent with Carolina on July 15 of 2022, is heading back to Sweden to play for Frölunda HC.
The 28 year old right handed winger hails from Luleå, Sweden but has not played there since the 2015-16 season have spent time in the Russian KHL before signing with the Canes in 2022.
Strömwall played 68 games with the Hurricanes’ affiliate Chicago Wolves and scored 18 goals.
While Malte Strömwall won’t be in the direct sightlines of many Carolina Hurricanes fans, he is certainly worth keeping in mind.
In North American hockey alone (’14-15 with AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, ’17-18 with ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and ’22-23 AHL Chicago Wolves) Strömwall has points in 51% of his games. His best season in the states was in fact last year with the Wolves where he notched 51.
Spread across Europe Malte Strömwall’s career is equally as impressive. With the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk in 2021-22, Strömwall tallied 19 goals and 13 assists. His next best year in the KHL came in 2019-20 with HK Sochi. There he scored 39 points in 51 games.
Not spectacularly dynamic in scoring, what makes Strömwall so valuable is his consistent ability to keep scoring when other players are slumping.
Last season was a disappointment for the Chicago Wolves, filled with streaks of really great play followed by lulls of mediocrity. If the Wolves were hot, so was Strömwall. If things slowed down, Malte Strömwall was there putting points on the board.
During one such streak of really good play (7-1-2), Strömwall had 14 points in 10 games. The only night Malte Strömwall didn’t score, the Wolves too the “L”.
With The Hurricanes line-up stacked deep with talented forwards, it was going to be tough for Malte Strömwall to find a spot, however he very much could have added to the offense’s late season and play-off scoring drought.
In Sweden, the KHL or the AHL, if you are looking for a player to keep up with post contact with the Carolina Hurricanes, keep Malte Strömwall in mind.