Gregory Hofmann, the 28-year old Swiss forward the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this year, has been a star at the 2021 IIHF World Championships.
Through seven games in Lativa, Hoffman has posted 6-2-8, tied for fifth in points in the tournament, while his six goals rank second. Hofmann, who has played the entirety of his professional career in the Swiss-A league, is expected to challenge for a roster spot in Columbus this fall.
SUI 1 - GBR 0— SpecmenceCBJ (@SpecmenceCBJ) June 1, 2021
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Grgory Hofmann scores his 6th of the tournament. He finishes the group stage 2nd in goals and tied for 5th in points #CBJ pic.twitter.com/jrfPlY3mAY
Hofmann continues a solid start to 2021. His club team, EV Zug, recently won the Swiss National League championship.
Per The Athletic's Aaron Portzline, the Blue Jackets are "getting close on contract terms", adding that the expectation is Hofmann will be signed to a one-way contract.
Team Switzerland finished second in group play and will face off against Germany later today.
H/T SpecmenceCBJ for the videos.