After testing the NHL’s free agent waters, the undersized blueliner has decided to play in his home country for the 2018-19 season. Enstrom completed the final year of his contract with the Jets and bolted straight back home following Winnipeg’s elimination from the playoffs.
The Manitoban goodbye was slightly bittersweet for the now 33-year-old veteran defenceman, as Jets’ Head Coach Paul Maurice attempted to shake things up in what turned out to be Winnipeg’s final game of the Western Conference Finals, removing Enstrom (along with Ben Chiarot and Andrew Copp) from the lineup for the services of Dmitry Kulikov, Joe Morrow and Joel Armia.
Enstrom skipped Winnipeg’s locker clean out in late May, and Game On Magazine was informed by Jets’ communications staff that the disgruntled defenceman was “long gone”.
After beginning his professional career with MODO of the Swedish Elite League, Enstrom moved to Atlanta and played four full season with the Thrashers, before the team was relocated to Winnipeg. With the Jets, Enstrom found a defensive partner in Dustin Byfuglien, who was able to work hand-in-hand with the Swede – counteracting each other’s weaknesses as best as possible.
In 719 career NHL games, Enstrom has 54 goals, 254 assists, 308 points and 422 penalty minutes. He also has one assist in 15 postseason contests. Upon signing a one-year deal with the now tier-two MODO team out of the Allsvenskan league, Enstrom was subsequently named team captain.