Oscar Fantenberg only played 73 games for the LA Kings over the better part of two seasons and in that short time endeared himself to his coaches and teammates with his ability and work ethic and to the media and team staff through his humble friendliness. He’s also a good defenseman, too, and though he flew under the radar as Calgary’s lone trade deadline acquisition, has played well over his 10 games with one assist and a plus-four rating while averaging a shade over 15 and a half minutes per game. Crediting other Swedish players for easing his transition to a new team, Fantenberg spoke about the trade, the differences in systems between Los Angeles and Calgary, and how he’s excited to face his former teammates in what has been an emotional and competitive rivalry over recent seasons.
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Good to see @lakings alum @fantenberg7 this morning. He’ll be on the opposite side of a rivalry that has gotten emotional and heated over recent seasons. “I always liked to play against Calgary before,” he said. “I like when the games get intense. It’s going to be fun, especially playing against guys you’ve been playing with. Playing against those guys, you don’t want to lose any battles out there, that’s for sure.”
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