Klingberg steals the media spotlight

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 AM ET

The second-year Swedish winger has been attracting plenty of attention going into the Winnipeg Jets rookie camp and that won’t change anytime soon.

After the Jets prospects hit the ice for an hour on Saturday afternoon, Klingberg met with the media and gave a glimpse of his engaging personality.

Klingberg said former Toronto Maple Leafs star Mats Sundin was his favourite player growing up and then gave this response when asked for a modern-day comparison for his style of play.

“There are a lot of players that are physical for sure, Tomas Holmstrom,” said Klingberg, referring to his fellow countryman and Detroit Red Wings winger. “He’s one of a kind, he stands in front of the net and loves to do it, battling hard. I can do that too, but still think I can dangle a little bit more.

“I shouldn’t compare to (Alex) Ovechkin, but I’m like a copy of him. But a lot worse, though. He’s the best player in the world. Sort of that type, still battle hard, (be) physical, go to the net and produce some points. Yeah, that’s my type of game.”

Make no mistake, Klingberg — who has one NHL game under his belt after coming over to North America last season — wasn’t proclaiming himself to be the next Ovechkin or Holmstrom, he was simply giving an honest assessment to the question.

Mark Scheifele, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was excited to finally pull on the Jets jersey for the first time — remember, after his name was called he was given a standard NHL logo and hat to put on.

"That NHL jersey is still hanging in my room," said Scheifele. "It felt unreal to actually put on that new logo and get to be skating where the Jets will practice. It's definitely cool and it's definitely a great feeling.

More than 1,000 fans attended the first practice, which caught the attention of the 22 players on the ice.

“With all the buzz going around with the Jets, it wasn’t a surprise to see that many people,” said Jets forward Shayne Wiebe.

The Jets hit the ice on Sunday morning before departing for Penticton, B.C. for the 2011 YoungStars tournament.


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