Duff: Berggren still bubble-wrapped

Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff reports that Swedish Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren, who had back surgery this past season, still being treated cautiously by the Swedish coaching staff at the World Junior Summer Showcase:

Berggren sat out Sunday’s game against USA White. The right-winger tweaked his knee late in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to USA Blue but that wasn’t why he was a scratch on Sunday.

Berggren’s Swedish club team Skelleftea asked the national squad to initially go easy with Berggren, out of action since suffering a back injury last November.

“I talked to Skelleftea about his (back) injury and being away and I promised them that he’s not going to play back to back in the start (of the tournament),” Swedish coach Tomas Monten explained. “I know we play back to back Friday-Saturday, so we’ll see. We’ll evaluate then. But we didn’t want to play him two games straight up.

“We’re going to give him two days off and them we’ll see. Hopefully, he can come back.”

Duff continues

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