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Like Ovechkin, but a lot worse

Rookie Klingberg elaborates on the type of player he sees himself as

HE might be on the bubble to make the big club, but Winnipeg Jets prospect Carl Klingberg is already proving to be all-star worthy in one department:

Serving up killer sound bites for the media.

Carl Klingberg likes to play tough, but he can dangle a bit too.


MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Carl Klingberg likes to play tough, but he can dangle a bit too. Purchase Photo Print

The likable, energetic Swedish forward was at it again Saturday after the first day of Jets rookie camp. Among his gems:

When asked to describe his style of play:

"I'm an energy guy who likes to go straight to the net. And just be a pain in the ass for the other guys. Go hard and probably produce some points, too. That's not my type, not to be just a fighter. I can be tough but still produce some points."

On who he might compare himself to:

"There are a lot of players that are physical for sure, (Detroit Red Wings forward) Tomas Holmstrom. He's one of a kind, he stands in front of the net and loves to do it, battling hard. I can do that too, but still think I can maybe dangle a little bit more.

"I shouldn't compare to (Alex) Ovechkin, but I'm like a copy of him. But a lot worse, though. He's the best player in the world. Sort of that type, still battle hard and be physical, go to the net and produce some points. Yeah, that's my type of game."

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION: For many in the Jets' organization, including head coach Claude Noel, Saturday was the first chance to get a look at the team's prospects live and in person.

Noel will spend the next few days with the prospects in Penticton, B.C., but St. John's IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge and Mark Morrison, his assistant, will run the practices and coach the team along with Jets goaltender coach Wade Flaherty.

"I'm just trying to see if anybody stands out," said Noel.

"I'm trying to see potentially who might push for a spot. Will it be this season? We'll have to look at that and see. At what level? That will be determined by them.

"I just want to see something positive in their game. I'm trying to identify the players, see what they are, who's who."

SHAYNE SAYS: "It's a pretty big honour even just to be here at the first Jets' camp," said Brandon produce Shayne Wiebe. "Being a homegrown product definitely makes me feel that much more excited."

Wiebe scored 44 goals and added 21 assists in 72 games for the Wheat Kings last year before playing one game with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. And it's that experience that helped open his eyes to the pro game.

"I learned about the pace of the game and how much quicker it is," he said. "I took how that was, got used to it down there and was ready for it when I came here.

"Now I want to progress, get better as the year goes on and show that I can play." Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 11, 2011 B4

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