Montreal Canadiens loan Emil Heineman to Sweden’s SHL
The Montreal Canadiens got another player back from injury in, Emil Heinemann. The forward hasn’t logged time in a Habs uniform yet but has recovered from his thumb injury. The 21-year-old was born in Sweden and the Habs family chose to send him home.
For the Montreal Canadiens, he may not have been headed for the NHL roster, but he is a second round pick from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft who was acquired when the Habs traded Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames.
The Swede played in 2021-22 with Leksands IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and has borrowed back there for the 2022–23 season since returning from injury. It will be a good opportunity for him to continue his development and aim to make some progress.
Montreal Canadiens forward Emil Heineman was loaned to Sweden.
He may have missed time early with his thumb injury but has the rest of the season ahead of him. Heineman comes after a 2021-22 season where he played 38 games for Leksands IF in the SHL.
During his time in the Swedish professional league, he scored 11 goals and five assists for 16 total points in the SHL. The year before that, in 2020-21, Heineman registered 43 games in which he scored just seven goals and added six assists for a total of 13 points.
Heineman was a younger player at the time but was able to hold his own in SHL play. For the Habs, it allows them to give the young forward a chance to further develop and develop his game. He seems like a candidate to join Laval next season after spending another season overseas honing his skills.
For the Canadiens and other teams, many players come to the North American game and continue to make their way to Brossard to suit up in a Habs uniform. Although he wasn’t a draft pick for the Habs, there is intrigue from the front office about what he can bring to the table moving forward.
Another year in Sweden might be best for him to continue filling out the frame, which already sits at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. It could be a chance for Heineman to tone up and add some muscle so he can be stronger on the stick and produce a better quality offense.
Now that Heineman is healthy, he has officially been loaned overseas to continue his development path with the Montreal Canadiens organization.