Frederik Dichow has decided to change things up as the Canadiens prospect has decided to leave Sweden and play with Sudbury of the OHL for the 2020-21 season.
The Habs drafted him in the fifth round (139th overall) back in 2019 where he was a relative unknown, playing in only 23 games with Voyens in Denmark, split between their junior level and second pro division. However, he was impressive at the Division 1A Under-18’s which is what likely got him on the map.
Sudbury selected him in the first round of the CHL Import Draft shortly after the Habs took him but instead of going to North America, he opted to play in Malmo’s junior system in Sweden. With the Redhawks, he was largely in a platoon situation (though the strong side of it) and posted a 12-12 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .891 SV% this season.
In their press release announcing the commitment, Sudbury’s GM indicated that when they selected Dichow, they anticipated he’d come over for the 2020-21 campaign.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see where Dichow fits in with the Wolves next season. Both of their goalies are eligible to return so if they don’t move one of them, it could be a bit of a squeeze for playing time. However, their starter from last season, Christian Purboo, will be an overage player so he could potentially be the casualty. Knowing that they targeted Dichow, they clearly have a role in mind for him next season.