Patrick Johnston: Persson part of Canucks’ talent pool aiming to impress at World Juniors

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“I was a forward until I was like 11 then I made the move to be a D. I always want to join the rush to affect the offensive game, to be good in there but also I know I need to work on my defence.”

He’s a fan of the Dallas Stars’ John Klingberg — “I like how he is with the puck” — but also can’t ignore the game of a Swedish legend — “Victor Hedman, too. He’s a big guy.”

In the new year, the plan remains for him to join the Kamloops Blazers, who selected him in this summer’s CHL Import Draft.

“It’s been a weird season, I was supposed to go to Kamloops,” he said.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Western Hockey League paused its plans to launch the season. As it stands, WHL officials are still aiming for an early January start but as we’ve all come to know by now, things could still change overnight.

“I talked to them this week, just asking about the season. They’re pretty optimistic, they believe it’s going to start,” Persson said. “They’ve got some adjustments to make but they think they can do it.”

Being ready and willing about moving to Kamloops was a recognition he needed to embrace a new challenge. If he were at a different top-flight club in Sweden, he might be skating for the senior professional team this season.…

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