Harju, Johan

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Lightning to Sign Top Swedish Prospect Harju

The Swedish newspaper the Norlandska Socialdemokraten is reporting (link in Swedish) that the Lightning have signaled their intention to sign Swedish sniper Johan Harju at the end of this season. Lulea GM Lars Bergstrom is quoted in the paper as being resigned to the fact that Harju and his teammate, Edmonton prospect Linus Omark, will be headed to North America next season. Harju, who was drafted by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played much of this season at second line center for Lulea, but can also play left wing. The 22 year old, 6'3" 205 lbs forward is currently tied for 12th in the Elitserien in scoring with 20 goals and 34 points in 44 games. Those 20 goals are tied for 4th best in the league and his 9 power play goals are tied for 3rd best.

Hat tip to Sotnos from the message boards.

Elitserien Scores 1/12-1/24

Harju pots his 20th goal of the season.

Elitserien Scores 12/26-12/28

12/26:
Johan Harju scored a pair of power play goals as Lulea knocked off MODO 4-2.

Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Djurgardens' 3-1 victory over Rogle.

Janne Niskala was scoreless in Frolunda's 3-2 win over Farjestads.

12/28:
Janne Niskala was scoreless in Frolunda's 3-1 win over MODO.

Johan Harju had Lulea's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Rogle.

Andreas Holmqvist had 2 penalty minutes in Djurgardens' 4-1 loss to Farjestads.

Harju is now tied for 7th in the Elitserien with 31 points in 35 games. His 19 goals this season are tops in the league; three more than Martin Thornberg of HV71, Per-Age Skroder of MODO, and Niko Dimitrakos of Skelleftea. He is also first in the Elitserien in power play goals with 9; one ahead of Johan Davidsson of HV71 and Kent McDonnell of Skelleftea.

But will the Lightning be able to bring Harju to North America next season?

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