Sounds like Detroit is on the verge of signing another potential late-round draft steal.
Axel Holmstrom, taken in the seventh round (196th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is reportedly close to inking his entry-level deal with Detroit, according to Swedish news outlets Norren and Aftonbladet.
Holmstrom, 18, has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success since being selected. He was a point-a-game player for Sweden at the World Juniors and the second-highest U19 scorer in the SHL last year — his 20 points were more than Kings prospect Adrian Kempe, who went in the first round (29th overall) of the ’14 draft.
While the plans are for Holmstrom to put pen to paper, it’s expected Detroit will let him continue to play for Skelleftea next season, where he’ll look to build on his success from this year’s playoffs — this spring, Holmstrom broke Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s record for most points by a junior-aged player in a single postseason.