Max Friberg
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Max Friberg

Hometown:

Skovde Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-11-20

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

5th round (143rd overall), 2011

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Max Friberg split the season betweeen the Skovde IK’s Division 1, J-20 and J-18 squads. In 24 games for the Division 1 team, Friberg scored 1 goal and added 3 assists for 4 points. In 17 games for the J-20 team, Friberg scored 13 goals and added 7 assists for 20 points. In 10 games for the J-18 squad, Friberg scored 14 goals and added 18 assists for 32 points.

2009-10: Friberg spent most of the season with Skovde IK’s Division 1 club. In 36 games, he scored 12 goals and added 18 assists for 30 points. Friberg also played for Sweden’s silver medal squad at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists for 5 points in 6 games.

2010-11: Played for Skovde IK at the Division 1 level, appearing in 34 games for that team. Friberg netted 13 goals and added 27 assists for 40 points. Friberg also played for Sweden at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship, scoring 2 goals in 6 games.

2011-12: Friberg played in 48 games for Timra in Sweden’s Elitserien as a rookie and was the leading goal scorer at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship while playing for gold medal-winning Sweden. Skating for a Timra team that finished last in the 12-team Elitserien, he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was minus-three with 8 penalty minutes. Timra avoided relegation to AllSvenskan, finishing first in the six-team Kval series. Friberg was the fourth-leading scorer for Timra in the Kval series, scoring 3 goals with 4 assists and finishing minus-one in 10 games. Friberg scored a tournament-best 9 goals with 2 assists and was plus-four with 22 penalty minutes in six games at the WJC. Sweden defeated Russia in the gold medal game. Friberg signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in June 2012.

2012-13: Friberg saw his first pro action in North America, joining Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk in April following his second season with Timra in Sweden’s Elitserien. He had 1 goal and was -5 in six games with the Admirals. Norfolk was fifth in the East Division; two points out of an AHL playoff spot. Friberg scored 8 goals with 8 assists in 55 games for Timra and was -10 with 12 penalty minutes. Timra finished 11th and was relegated to second division AllSvenskan for 2013-14 after finishing third in the Kval Series. Friberg scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +3 in 10 Kval Series games.

2013-14: Friberg skated for Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk in his first season in North America — appearing in 74 of 76 regular season games and all 10 playoff games for the Admirals. Friberg was Norfolk’s third-leading scorer with 17 goals and 23 assists and was -1 with 55 penalty minutes.  The Admirals finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Friberg was one of three players to lead Norfolk with 3 goals and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in  10 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Friberg has explosive offensive potential and relishes physical play while playing a responsible defensive game. He is slightly undersized but is thick and strong and his combination of speed, skill, and the ability to get under the opponent’s skin make him a valuable player.

Future

Friberg attended training camp with the Ducks before being assigned to Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk at the start of the 2014-15 season. After a solid first season with the Admirals he is again one of the club's top two-way forwards and was rewarded with a call-up in December — making his NHL debut in a cameo appearance against Vancouver before being returned to the Admirals. Moving forward Friberg has the makings of a versatile top-six or bottom-six winger. While he may not be the scorer he was in junior hockey, his aggressive forecheck and well-rounded game make him a promising talent.

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