Canucks send scouts to watch Swedish league’s leading scorer

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Anton Rodin still wants to play in the NHL.

Anton who?

Oh, right, most of you have no idea who that is. Rodin was drafted 53rd overall by the Canucks in 2009. He spent a few seasons in the AHL before returning to Sweden in 2013.

And why is this relevant today?

Well, because Rodin’s currently ripping up the Swedish Hockey League with Brynäs IF. The 24-year-old winger has 10 goals and 14 assists in 16 games, and the Canucks have taken notice.

“We have scouts over there this week watching him,” GM Jim Benning told the Vancouver Sun. “I might try to get over there in early February. We still own his rights so we could sign him and bring him back if that’s what we decide.”

But?

“He is not going to want to sign a contract at this stage to come and play in the American league. We have to make the determination first if he makes this team and where we think he is going to fit on our team.”

Rodin told News 1130 in Vancouver that his “goal is to play for the Canucks,” so the NHL dream remains alive and well. If Vancouver doesn’t see a fit, his rights could always be traded to a team that does.