Paul Thompson doesn’t normally like to make sweeping generalisations.
But the Sheffield Steelers’ coach regards his forward Fredrick Vestberg as “the typical Swede.”
The Scandinavian is on top form at the moment, scoring four points in his last three games.
“There is a trait amongst Swedes” said the coach who used to represent Troja-Ljungby in the Allsvenskan league. “They are very responsible, don’t mess up and are not flashy. Fredrik doesn’t make mistakes and is a good player gets in the right place just when you need it.
“The more you see of him the more you can appreciate the things he can do.
“Away from the puck he makes the right decisions, defends well and is one of our stronger penalty killers.”
Vestberg was on a line with Mathieu Roy and Chris Lawrence in the win at Manchester on Wednesday and will be at Nottingham Panthers tonight.
“It is a big weekend, again, for us all” said Thompson.
“Panthers, away, is always a challenge and the visit of Cardiff Devils to the Arena on Sunday is going to be interesting.
“They are top of the league but we have been in outstanding form at the Arena.”
Forty year old former Montréal Canadiens forward David Ling is back for Panthers and Thompson has much respect for the veteran player: “He is an offensive talent. We have to match what he brings. We need the right player against him.”
Thompson will be looking for a continuing improvement in Mike Duco’s form, the forward has just returned from injury.