Hawks Acquire Karlsson

By Skylar Peters

Mar 31, 2012; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Calgary Flames goaltender

Henrik Karlsson

(35) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

No, it’s not Erik, But Henrik Karlsson is another step closer for Stan Bowman to filling out the Blackhawks’ goaltending depth.

This afternoon he was acquired from the Calgary Flames for a 7th-round pick that the ‘Hawks had from the Rob Klinkhammer trade. Early on, it seems that Calgary was on the losing end of this trade, as long as this 7th-rounder doesn’t turn into a Henrik Lundqvist. Karlsson has been assigned to Rockford, where he will most likely slot in behind Carter Hutton.

In the last 2 seasons, he split time between Calgary and Abbotsford, and in 26 NHL games put up a respectable .905 sv%, with a 2.79 GAA. The 29 year-old is a native of Stockholm, Sweden, and has spend time in the Swedish Elite League. He was originally undrafted, then signed by the San Jose Sharks, and was traded to Calgary at the 2010 Entry Draft.

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