Sjostrom brings size, speed

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

Fredrik Sjostrom has already added to the Maple Leafs misery by scoring one of the many shootout-winning goals against them.

Now, Toronto hopes the right winger can help on penalty killing, another huge problem area. That is one of the 6-foot-1 Swede's specialties, using a combination of speed and reach, while rarely going to the box himself.

Before joining the Flames this season, he ranked second on the New York Rangers in penalty-killing ice time and they were the NHL's best in that department. Toronto's penalty-killing, meanwhile, was last in '08-09 and is even worse this season at 70.1%. Sjostrom, 26, has been praised as a positive dressing room influence.

"I'm going to go to Toronto and play my heart out," Sjostrom told the QMI Agency. "I'll try to impress them and hopefully be part of their future. I'm sad to go from Calgary, unfortunately, it didn't work out for me here. I didn't play as good as I should on the ice. It's a fresh start for me."

Sjostrom was part of the reason the seven-player deal grew as large as it did. When the Leafs insisted on Sjostrom in the deal, Calgary GM Darryl Sutter said he wanted Jamal Mayers thrown in, too.

Yet another former first-round pick to come the Leafs' way, Sjostrom went 11th to the Coyotes in 2001. He had 12 goals two years ago, but in a far different role with Phoenix. Other than a brief fling on Jarome Iginla's line, he's been a checker in Calgary with just one goal.


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