Sabres' Marcus Davidsson has contract with Växjö in SHL terminated

Davidsson is now reportedly joining Västervik in Sweden's second-tier professional league, HockeyAllsvenskan

November 03, 2020 - 1:00 pm

It has been a rough tenure for Buffalo Sabres prospect Marcus Davidsson with Växjö in the Swedish Hockey League.

To start the 2020-21 season in Sweden, Davidsson has dressed for all 12 games for the Lakers, but he only has one assist and has often dressed as their extra forward, averaging just 2:40 of ice time. In the last game where he actually played, the 21-year-old only got 9:25 of ice time.

On Tuesday, Växjö announced that the team and Davidsson have mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

It appears as though Davidsson has already found himself a new home this season, as he is expected to join Västervik of HockeyAllsvenskan, according to SportExpressen in Sweden.

Since joining Växjö before the 2019-20 season, Davidsson struggled to find a consistent role while also battling injury throughout the season. Davidsson was able to score seven goals and add six assists for 13 points in 31 games last season.

After being drafted by the Sabres in the second round (37th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, Davidsson spent the majority of two seasons playing with Djurgårdens IF in the SHL, where he combined to score 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 91 games. During his draft year, Davidsson managed to appear in 39 games with the pro team in Djurgårdens, scoring nine goals and amassing 12 assists for 21 points as a 17-18-year-old.

Davidsson also excelled at the international level with Sweden in 2018, where he made the roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. In that tournament, he scored a goal and picked up a pair of assists in seven games.

Although he struggled to find a role with Växjö, which may have affected his development, Davidsson is still projected to be a solid two-way forward with some good offensive upside. He possesses good speed, his transitional game is very solid, and he's smart and dependable player in both ends of the ice.

According to the report from SportExpressen, Davidsson is joining his brother, Jonathan, with Västervik as the team has come to a loan agreement with the Ottawa Senators. Jonathan Davidsson is a former sixth round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who was traded to the Senators as part of the Matt Duchene trade in February of 2018.

So far through 11 games played this season, Västervik has gotten off to a 4-3-4 start with 19 points in the standings, which is good for third place in the league.

Also playing for Västervik this season is Washington Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjällby, who spent time with Davidsson in Djurgårdens, while also playing on his line with Sweden at the 2018 World Juniors.

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