Red Wings Draft: Get to know future Wings and Griffins

DALLAS -- It really couldn't be a Detroit Red Wings draft without the Wings getting a few players from Sweden.

After taking Czech Republic native Filip Zadina and Canadian Joseph Veleno in the first round, Detroit selected forward Jonatan Berggren with the first of their two second-round picks, at No. 33.

"It was a shock," Berggren said. "It was so amazing. Detroit when I was younger was one of my favorite clubs. It's amazing."

Berggren, listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, had 18 goals and 39 assists in 38 games for Skelleftea AIK J20 in Sweden's SuperElit League.

"Berggren, the guy you could say he has a chance to become is Viktor Arvidsson in Nashville, a really speedy forward who plays with great intensity and has a good feel for the net," said Hakan Andersson, Detroit's director of European scouting. "That's what we see in him."

As a Swede, Berggren naturally followed the Wings and their many Swedes. "Yeah, of course," he said. "(Nick) Lidstrom and (Henrik) Zetterberg and (Tomas) Holmstrom, many."

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