Defenseman Stefan Warg, a fifth-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2008, has signed with the rebro Vipers of HockeyAllsvenskan, the second-highest league in Sweden. Warg is a native of Stockholm.
Warg split the 2009-10 season between the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, scoring 20 points, all assists, in 64 games. The 20-year-old was not tendered an entry-level contract by the Ducks, and only could have returned to the WHL as an overage player.
“We talked to his agent two weeks ago, and he asked us to give our blessing on
where we wanted (Warg) to play,” Ducks assistant general manager David McNab said. “We thought going back (to Sweden) would be good for
him. We know he’ll play more. We own his rights until June 1, then we’ll make a decision.”
Reviews of ten Ducks prospects who just finished their North American junior seasons have been posted on Hockey’s Future: Peter Holland, Mat Clark, Josh Brittain Scott Valentine, Luca Sbisa, Brandon McMillan, Stefan Warg, Nicolas Deschamps, Marco Cousineau and Radoslav Illo.
Also, George Parros will be on a special all-Hockey episode of “Sports Soup” tonight on Versus (8:30 p.m.). A disclaimer: Watched the show once to find Sen Dog of Cypress Hill talking about the Lakers. If this brand of talk show is your idea of entertainment … don’t miss it.
Check out a new feature in the Prince Albert Herald on Ducks defenseman prospect Stefan Warg, who recently brought his low-scoring, hard-hitting game to the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.
Also, note the pronunciation of his name: It’spronounced”very,” not, well, “warg.”
Ducks defensemen prospects Luca Sbisa and Stefan Warg were two of the many players who switched teams this weekend in advance of the Western Hockey League’s trade deadline.
Sbisa was sent from the Lethbridge (Alta.) Hurricanes to the Portland (Ore.) Winterhawks. Portland, which is 26-16-2 and third place in its conference, ceded two players and a first-round pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft to Lethbridge, which is near the bottom of the league at 14-23-5, for Sbisa and a pair of draft picks.
Sbisa made the Ducks’ roster out of training camp but was returned to Lethrbidge in October. While competing for the Swiss national team at the recent IIHF World Junior Championships, he suffered a hip flexor injury that will sideline him into February. Sbisa is expected to recover in time to represent Switzerland at the Vancouver Olympic Games.
Warg was dealt from the Seattle Thunderbirds to the Prince Albert (Sask.) Raiders for a defenseman and future draft pick. Prince Albert is 22-20-3; Seattle is 14-23-6. Bruno Campese, the Raiders’ coach and GM, called Warg “a solid, reliable d-man who adds size and composure to our defensive corps.”
Warg has 13 points, all assists, and 53 penalty minutes through 37 games with Seattle. A fifth-round pick in 2008, Ward also took part in the Ducks’ most recent training camp.