The Chicago Blackhawks solidified their future on defense early Saturday, when they announced that D Viktor Svedberg has agreed to terms with the club on a two-year contract.
The 22-year old Svedberg is currently playing his first professional season this year, with the Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate). In five games so far with the ‘Hogs, he has notched a goal and an assist each, and has an even +/- rating. He also appeared in six pre-season games for Chicago. Svedberg has spent the past two full seasons in the Swedish Elite League, playing for Frolunda HC, playing a combined 106 games. He was undrafted, (first eligible in 2010), and was signed as a free-agent by the Blackhawks in 2013.
The Blackhawks’ have some sizable blue-liners on their roster: Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson (both 6′ 3″), and Michal Roszival (6′ 1″, 212 pounds), are just examples. Svedberg, however, makes them look minuscule, with a massive 6′ 9″ frame. That is the size of the Boston Bruins‘ Zdeno Chara, the tallest height in NHL history. Svedberg’s two-way game he formerly played has morphed into a defensive mindset, now that he is on the smaller, North American ice. His reach is a huge asset, and he can move anyone in front of his goalie out of the way. His first season of hockey in North America will be huge, and if good progress is made, we may see Svedberg play out the final year of his new deal in a Blackhawks uniform.
There is no word on the value of the contract so far.
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