Sabres' Berglund is having no trouble fitting in

October 10, 2018 - 1:03 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Patrik Berglund, Conor Sheary and Tage Thompson had only worn one jersey in their whole NHL career before being traded to Buffalo. Berglund played 694 games with the St. Louis Blues and he said it took getting used to putting on the Sabres sweater, “It definitely was a different feeling, it was a big change obviously, but it’s really exciting.”

The Sabres looked awful in Game 1 and many were overreacting and calling for Phil Housley’s dismissal. Berglund said to get better, all they had to do is believe in what they were doing in practice, “Everybody’s in good shape and in the first game, everybody maybe was too excited and kind of fumbled the plays and then get out of place too often, but I think when we’re sharp in execution, we’ll definitely start building momentum.”

I thought that it might have been easier for Berglund to get used to his new teammates because there were so many players from Sweden in training camp. On the roster now are Rasmus Dahlin, Johan Larsson and Linus Ullmark. The 30-year-old Berglund says it’s not a big deal at all, “I think the Swedish part of it is, I mean it doesn’t matter if they’re Swedish or American or whatever, I’ve been over here a very long time, so I don’t feel like I feel more comfortable when there’s a lot of Swedes around. It doesn’t really matter for me, but what is good is to see that Sweden is producing a lot of good talent and it’s been nice to see.”

It’s different for Dahlin and many of the Amerks like Lawrence Pilut. They’re spending their first season in North America and look up to Berglund, “For them, especially when they’re very young, I bet they think it’s nice to have an old Swedish guy to help them around, but I’ve been here such a long time I know how everything works and I don’t have to speak the Swedish language to get around.”

I’ve been told by more than one person that Berglund is the jokester in the room that keeps everybody loose. He turned and looked at me deadpanned and said, “I don’t know! Who’s been spreading that rumor?” Berglund then cracked a smile and said, “I might talk a lot, but I wouldn’t say I’m that much of a jokester.”

Zach Bogosian and Vladimir Sobotka returned to practice on Wednesday. Bogosian said he’s progressing, but isn’t quite ready for a game yet.


Wednesday’s lines:


Sheary  Eichel  Reinhart

Skinner  Berglund  Okposo

Elie (Sobotka)  Mittelstadt  Thompson

Girgensons  Rodrigues (Larsson)  Pominville


Scandella  Ristolainen

McCabe  Dahlin

Beaulieu  Nelson

Tennyson  Bogosian

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