In 19 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elitserien, Matt Duchene scored four times and assisted on 10 others as part of a squad that also featured a wide variety of familiar names such Viktor Stalberg, Fabian Brunnstom, Joel Lundqvist, and P.J. Axelsson (!).
Duchene played his final game for Frolunda on Saturday, a 3-1 win that saw him score the game-winning goal before the home fans said their goodbyes to him as the 21-year old Colorado Avalanche forward came back out on to the ice afterward:
He might have been frustrated at times with his teammates, but he eventually settled in to enjoy his time in Sweden. Frolunda sits in eighth place as of Monday and will see its young locked out NHLer depart for Switzerland.
On Sunday, Duchene confirmed rumors via his Twitter account that he would be leaving for Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league, joining newly-signed Cory Schneider. According to the team, his contract is through Dec. 31 -- tied to the NHL's lockout situation, of course -- and he has an option to extend the deal for the remainder of the Swiss season.
Duchene will arrive in Switzerland today and begin training with the team on Tuesday. He's expected to make his debut with his new club on Dec. 18.
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