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Bruins Prospect Linus Arnesson Likely to Remain in Sweden Next Year

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At the conclusion of the prospect season, I mentioned there would be a decision in the future to be made by Linus Arnesson. It appears he's made it.

Here's rough translation of that:

Exciting challenge with games in Djurgården in SHL next season! # excited

Arnesson, the 60th overall pick in the 2013 draft will be 20 next season. He's been in the Djurgården system for years, the last two spent at the senior level in Allsvenskan, the second tier of Swedish hockey.

It was growing apparent this season that Arnesson had outgrown second tier Swedish hockey and that Providence was the logical next step. Having secured promotion, Djurgården will return to the SHL next season. It's a triumphant return for one of Sweden's most prestigious clubs after a short stay in the wilderness.

Arnesson played three games in the SHL in the 2011-2012 season when he was mostly an underage player on the U18 and U20 teams.

Obviously that tweet is not a rock-solid contract. Things could change and people (Arnesson or the Bruins) could have a change of heart, though that's unlikely. This will be a tremendous point of pride for Arnesson to play in the SHL, a league of tremendous quality. The Bruins are probably content to let him develop off their books and aren't in any rush to get him to Providence with the corps of defensemen at their disposal. Djurgården's promotion has offered an attractive alternative for Arnesson and the Bruins alike.

Arnesson will be 20 next season. He went 1-5-6 in 44 games last year with Djurgården and won a silver medal playing for Sweden in the World Junior Championship.