If there was ever a city in the NHL that embraced the Swedish players it is that of Detroit.
During the 2008 Cup run the Red Wings had the Swedish Seven:
Enter now Fabian Brunnstrom.
The six-foot-one 200 plus pound Swede was signed to a one-year contract by Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland worth $600,000 ($105,000 if he heads to the Red Wings AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins).
Brunnstrom went undrafted but was signed by the Dallas Stars in May of 2008 to a two-year deal where he became only the third player in history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut.
Playing in 55 games in his rookie season he had 17 goals and 12 assist for the Stars; which fell to 2 goals and 9 assist in 44 games played in the 2009-10 season and a solid stint in the AHL for the 2010-11 season.
Brunnstrom would end up being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in January 2011 where he would play out the remainder of his contract in the AHL.
Much like Red Wings forward Dan Cleary when he was signed by the Red Wings in 2005 – Brunnstrom has something to prove.