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Report: Bengtsson to return to Sweden next season

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Lukas Bengtsson. -- KDP PHOTOGRAPHY / WBS PENGUINS

Lukas Bengtsson's move to North America hasn't exactly gone as planned.

After Bengtsson's first season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was limited to 16 games by a POTS diagnosis, and he missed over half of this season's games with injuries, Bengtsson is returning to the SHL next season, according to reports out of Sweden.

Johan Svensson of the Swedish outlet Kvällsposten & Expressen reported that Bengtsson has reached a verbal agreement with Linköpings HC.

Before signing with the Penguins, Bengtsson had previously played with Swedish clubs Frölunda and Mora. One of Bengtsson's former coaches in Frölunda, Klas Östman, is now with Linköpings.

"I was very pleased when I worked with Lukas, although it was only a short period in Frölunda," Östman said.

Bengtsson, 23, is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. If the Penguins make Bengtsson a qualifying offer, they would retain his NHL rights until he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at age 27.

When asked for comment, Bengtsson said "My focus is on this season and to play as good as I can."

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