New to the System: Sebastian Collberg

By Chris Triantafilis

The storm is over….

Whether you’re angry, discontent, frustrated or happy with the trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens, it’s finished. What’s done is done, and it is what it is. Any more harping on it does nobody any good, so for your own health, I suggest you take what the New York Islanders received at the March 5th trade deadline and move forward with it. This is how it is now.

And what did the Islanders get exactly? Some will say the return was underwhelming, which it may have very well been; however, there’s always a chance Sebastian Collberg, the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft pans out to be something with the Islanders.

Wait. Who’s Collberg? Well, folks, Collberg is the main piece the Islanders received from Montreal at the deadline in an offer that Garth Snow, the Islanders General Manager, suggested was the best offer he had received “by far.” And you know what? At the 25th hour, this deal works.

On face value, Collberg isn’t Vanek, and he may never be. That shouldn’t deter anybody from embracing Collberg for what he could be, though – a top-six forward.

Elite Prospect profiles the 5’11, 20-year-old forward as a “very skilled forward with a great set of wheels” that “doesn’t shy away from the high-traffic areas and knows where to go to score goals.” His numbers with Frolunda might not reflect his skill-set right now (3G, 6A in 40 games this season), but Elite Prospect also notes that Collberg “Needs to add more bulk to withstand the physical game at the men’s level.” He seemed to do just fine during his last two U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship tournaments, recording 12 points (5G, 7A) in 13 games for Sweden.

But, OK. It might take a little bit of time for Collberg, a prospect the Islanders were surprised to see go beyond the first round of the 2012 draft, to reach the NHL. For the time being, it’s less than ideal for the Islanders to wait for another prospect to reach Long Island; however, will anybody really protest if he comes into his own?

Collberg is now a member of the Islanders organization, and has the chance to become something for Long Island’s hockey team. Say what you will about the deal, but at the end of the day, Collberg is here to help push the organization forward.

-CT (@christriants)