Swede will be better

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Freddie wasn't exactly frowning.

But the bubbly Swedish import, who's usually the life of the party, was definitely subdued.

Freddie Pettersson returned to the 'Dome yesterday, the scene of the previous night's Game 7 heartbreaker against Moose Jaw, to pack up his equipment and sign a few autographs.

The 18-year-old will take a few days off before heading back to his homeland.

"I haven't seen my mom in a long time," Pettersson said. "Just for a few days during Christmas.

"I'm going to live at home so it'll be nice to see my parents and my grandparents."

The Edmonton Oilers prospect will make a short pit stop in the Alberta capital before returning home to suit up with the Swedish national team.

"Usually, we don't have any ice in Sweden in the summer because they take it away," he said.

"I'm not usually able to skate but I'll definitely find some (ice) this summer.

"I want to be faster and stronger. If you're a small kid, you have to be strong. I'm fast now but I'm not fast enough."

Any extra strength or speed Pettersson acquires over the summer should pay big dividends for the Hitmen next fall.

"I thought we were better than what we showed," he said. "I thought we were going to go far.

"I'm really happy I came here. It's probably the best thing I've done in my life.

"We'll have a pretty good team next year. We lose (Brett) Carson, (Jeff) Schultz, (Justin) Pogge -- three very good players -- but we'll be good. I'm excited to come back to Canada."

HIT PARADE: D Jeff Schultz is on his way to the AHL. The 6-ft. 6-in. Washington Capitals prospect is expected to be in the Hershey Bears' lineup tomorrow night ... G Justin Pogge is also expected to continue playing with the Toronto Marlies but yesterday's housecleaning in Toronto may have postponed his call-up by a day or two.


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