Norwegian forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen (which, despite the Seinfeld nod, is pronounced Awe-sen) was among the first wave of 11 players to arrive for Rangers training camp. Jim Cerny of Rangers On Demand caught up with him for a post-workout interview yesterday and got his impressions on New York, trying to make the roster and North American hockey as a whole.
The 22-year-old made a name for himself playing at the 2010 Winter Olympics for Team Norway and led the Swedish Elite League in scoring last season with Modo. While the Rangers could use some goals from guys not named Gaborik, his spot with the team is far from assured. Prospects coming over from Sweden sometimes struggle with the smaller ice surface in North America in addition to simply adapting to life in the NHL.
FanHouse supplied this write-up on the 5-foot-7 foward back in May, but the highlight is the YouTube video at the bottom, simply titled: "Mats Zuccarello Aasen - Norwegian Hobbitt Wizard"