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Heading home: Devils’ Tedenby signs in Sweden


James O’Brien

Earlier, we passed along word of Kyle Beach signing in Austria and now, there’s a report of another 2008 first-rounder heading overseas.

Mattias Tedenby, the Swedish forward taken 24th overall by New Jersey in ’08, has inked with former club HV71, the team announced on Thursday.

Tedenby, 24, leaves North America following a steady decline from his rookie campaign. He debuted with the Devils as a 20-year-old in 2010-11, posting eight goals and 22 points in 58 games to lead all New Jersey rookies in scoring. From there, though, things went south -- he was shuffled back and forth between the Devils and AHL Albany, and never played more than 43 NHL games in a single season.

In January, the Devils placed Tedenby on waivers, where he went unclaimed.