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KHL.ru’s weekly column ’Man of the Week’ goes on with Adam Reideborn. Although Team Sweden failed to qualify to the IIHF World Men’s playoffs, the goalie had an excellent showing and gave the Tre Kronor a chance until the end. Moreover, he just started a new chapter in his career, having inked a two-year deal with CSKA.

The Tre Kronor were sensationally dumped out of the playoffs race after a shoot-out goal by Vladimir Tarasenko on Monday night — Team Russia defeated Sweden with a 3-2 score after SO, and the Yellow-and-Blues were deprived of the medal round for the first time since the formula was introduced. Adam Reideborn kept hopes alive for the Swedes with a pair of big saves in OT on Mikhail Grigorenko and SKA’s Anton Burdasov. The next day, the goalie inked a deal with CSKA, and he will spend with the Red Army the next two years after two excellent seasons with Ak Bars Kazan. Across two campaigns in Tatarstan, the netminder had 70 games for Ak Bars, posting a 92.3 saves percentage and a goals-against average of 1.96. CSKA will have two powerful options on goal, with Reideborn and Russian-born Ivan Fedotov guarding the crease for the Igor Nikitin-led Moscow side.

Early years

Adam Reideborn was born on Jan. 18, 1992, in Stockholm and started playing hockey with AIK. Unlike other talented Swedish players, Reideborn had to pay his dues in the minors, playing in the third and second-flight leagues until the 2014-2015 season. However, in 2013-2014, he was the Allsvenskan’s top goalie and helped Djurgarden return to the SHL, but he didn’t join his former team as he inked a deal in the offseason with MODO. There, he had his debut in the top-flight league, with 25 games in his debut season. He will have another 32 the following season, but both times MODO had to compete in the relegation round. In 2015-2016, despite great performances by Reideborn, MODO relegated to the Allsvenskan, yet the goalie decided to stay in his native Sweden and returned to Djurgarden.

Back in Stockholm, the netminder had a giant leap forward as he soon became a top goalie in the Swedish SHL. He consistently posted sub-two goals-against averages in his three years with the team and was awarded the Honken Trophy as the league’s top goalie in 2018-2019. It was pretty clear that he outgrew the Swedish Hockey League, and in the 2019 offseason, he signed his first contract above, putting his signature to a one-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.

Move to the KHL

On May 24, 2019, the Tatarstan franchise announced to have reached a deal with the experienced Swedish goalie for the ill-fated 2019-2020 campaign. 

This is how Rafik Yakubov, the then-GM in Kazan, described the reasons why he decided to ink Reideborn: “We took a close look to Adam’s career, and his main feat is that he kept on progressing year after year. He’s just 27, and this means that his best years are still ahead of him.”

While Ak Bars didn’t reach any particular achievement in the latest two years, Yakubov was proven right. Reideborn posted a 91.3 saves percentage and a goals-against average of 2.11 in his debut season, improving those numbers to 93.1 and 1.82, respectively. In the playoffs, Kazan had two solid options between the piping with Reideborn and Timur Bilyalov, but they lost to Avangard in game seven of the Eastern Conference finals.

After his second year in Tatarstan, Reideborn was finally called to guard Team Sweden’s crease at the IIHF World Men’s in Latvia. Despite his incredible numbers (94.1% and 1.40), the Swedes failed to reach the playoffs, primarily due to three losses in their first four games. However, with CSKA, Reideborn will have a chance to reach new heights in his career and become the next Swedish goalie to lift a Gagarin Cup after former Red Army’s netminder Lars Johansson.

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