News – HC AJOIE – Departure from Wännström to Augsburg

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HC Ajoie / Panther of Augsburg

The Panthers provided the first of two advanced positions for outsiders still open on offense. The Swedish Sebastian Wannström is transferred from HC Ajoie to Augsburg (DEL), the former club of Serge Pelletier at the end of last season..

Wännström was trained at Brynäs IF in his home town of Gävle. In 2010, he won the Swedish Under-20 Championship with his team as the team’s top scorer and was later drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round. Initially, the 185cm and 87kg right-handed shooter began his professional career serving Gävle in the SHL. In 2012 he was champion with Brynäs.

The 2012/13 season was marked by his departure for North America. For the Peoria Rivermen and Chicago Wolves, Wännström played 95 AHL games (ten goals and 18 assists). From 2015 to 2020, the now 31-year-old Swede once again played in the Swedish Hockey League for Rögle BK, HV 71 and Leksands IF. During his professional career, Wännström played 343 games in the SHL, scoring 62 goals and providing 52 assists.

The 2020/21 season has been the best year of Wännström’s career. With 33 goals and 13 assists for Ässät Pori, he became the top scorer in the Finnish league. The 13 power-play goals were also the best in the league. As a reward for his excellent performances, he was named in the Liiga All Star team.

He then transferred to Dinamo Riga for the 2021/22 season. After ten appearances for the Latvians in the KHL, Wännström joined HC Ajoie last October. The Swedish striker has scored five goals and provided four assists in 19 games.

Peter Russellthe new coach of Augsburg is satisfied: “We were looking for a fast, goal-scoring right shooter. Sebastian Wännström combines these attributes. He has a very good shot and can focus on the attack thanks to his speed and his technical abilities, while working in all directions for his team and therefore also not neglecting his defensive duties.During his career he has only played in strong leagues and everyone agrees with to say that he is a good teammate. I am very happy that we were able to concretize his commitment”.

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