Jeremy Colliton believes his best route to the NHL goes through Scandinavia. Colliton has signed with Rogle BK in Angelholm, Sweden, for the 2009-10 season.
"It seems to be a great opportunity," said Colliton, who played most of the past four seasons for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "I'm going to get a chance to play a lot."
Colliton, who is a restricted free agent at age 24, was impressed by the team's interest. He said he was in contact with the New York Islanders, Bridgeport's parent club and the team that drafted him in 2003, but he felt going to Sweden for at least a year would be good for him.
"I want to play in the NHL," Colliton said. "Hopefully I'll continue to develop and come back a better player."
Colliton scored 48 goals and 83 assists in 232 games for Bridgeport; the games-played and assists totals both rank third in the team's eight-year history.
He had eight goals and 28 assists this season. A late-season concussion limited him to two playoff games this season, a severe crimp on Bridgeport's penalty kill.
He has a goal and two assists in 42 NHL games.
Now we have an interesting story. I think Collitons rights stay with the Islanders, unless they decide to trade him, possibly at the draft, but I'm going to look into it. I was hoping to one day see Colliton as a regular on the Islanders team, and I still might. This does however, leave a hole at center in Bridgeport, so expect the Islanders to pick a center with a pick in the third round, along with a goalie.