Compiled from about four or five different Swedish sources. Some quotes from the Rangers' Head Professional European Scout Anders Hedberg.
"We have not recruited him to play on our fourth line or to play in the minors, but we expect him to play in our top six."
"We have been following him for over two years. The first time I saw him was in an international match before Modo signed him. He was good already then, and since then, I think he has taken several steps forward."
"I have no idea how many clubs were interested in him, but I am not surprised that there were more clubs that had opened their eyes to him. He has been among the Elitserien's best players the last two seasons and probably would have won the scoring leaders in his first season too if it were not for that of the ankle injury which caused him to miss about 20 games."
"He had a fantastic Olympic tournament (which convinced Glen Sather to sign him). He has had the odds against him throughout his career but managed all the obstacles he has encountered. Now he has only one obstacle left - the NHL - but I am not the least bit worried. Patrick Kane is not very big but has nonetheless succeeded because he is so darn clever. So is Mats. He has proven that he has the whole package and know how to deal with giants."
"I know he talked to them (Markus Naslund and Niklas Sundstrom) before he decided and do not think they discouraged him from writing for us."
"It's too early to say exactly how the forwards will look as the squad is not finalized. But both he and Marian Gaborik are incredibly intelligent and talented and the dream scenario is that they understand each other and play together."