Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced Tuesday that forward prospect and Sweden native Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson has decided to return to his native Sweden and will sign a contract to play for Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League next season.
“Jakob will continue his professional hockey career and development in the SHL and we support his decision to be closer to his family at this time in his life,” Sweeney said in a press release Tuesday. “Over the past few weeks, Jakob has also communicated that he fully intends to resume playing for the Bruins, but for right now he feels playing at home in Sweden is what is best for him.”
Forsbacka-Karlsson, played 28 of his 29 career games in the NHL this past season but struggled to find a permanent spot in the lineup as the Bruins tried to see if he could fill their third line center slot before acquiring center Charlie Coyle from Minnesota at the trade deadline. He had three goals and six assists for nine points in those games. A 2015 second-round pick (45th overall), Forsbacka-Karlsson made his NHL debut during the regular-season finale in 2016-17, before playing the majority of the last two seasons with the Providence Bruins where he had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in over 86 games. Forsbacka- Karlsson signed a three-year entry-level contract with Boston on April 2, 2017.