According to a report from across the Atlantic Ocean, a few young Swedish defensive prospects will be leaving their country and head to scenic Rockford to join the IceHogs and their push for the Calder Cup in their first playoff appearance since 2010.
The headliner of the young Swedish defenseman is Robin Press who had a very good year with his Swedish pro team last season. He scored 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 51 games this season. He was at or near the top of the point standings for much of the first half of the season. Press is a big prospect at 6ft 2in 187 lbs with a right handed shot. Press was a 2013 draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, he was selected in the 7th round pick #213 and at the draft most Blackhawks fans said, hey look another Swedish draft pick.
Press is only 20 years old and during his playoff he had 4 goals and 3 assists so he will be heading to Rockford with a bunch of confidence, but will be arriving to a team stacked with defenseman so playing time will have to be earned especially at this time of the season.
Two more players could be arriving according to another report, one is Robin Norrell a 2013 draft pick in the 4th round pick #111. This year Norrell had 3 goals and 9 assists in 48 games across the ocean. He’s a smallish defenseman at 5ft 10in 176lbs that shoots left.
Carl Dahlstrom is the final of the three Swedish defenseman that is to be reportedly coming across the Atlantic to join the Rockford IceHogs. Dahlstrom was a 2nd round selection by Stan Bowman last season. Dahlstrom is a very big defenseman at 6ft 4in 211lbs and this season he scored 3 goals with 3 assists in 55 games for his Swedish team Linkopings.
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This is the best season that the Rockford IceHogs have had with Ted Dent behind the bench, and things are rolling as they head to the Calder Cup playoffs, but it would have been nice to see Kyle Baun and Michael Paliotta in Rockford instead of burning a contract year while playing a single game in Chicago. Baun played last night and had one noticeable hit, but really didn’t show anything out of the ordinary and now will have one contract season left when the season kicks off next season which will probably start in Rockford.
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