While the Blackhawks lost their playoff opener against the St. Louis Blues, the front office remained busy. The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have signed Carl Dahlstrom to a three year Entry Level Contract. Dahlstrom was a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft and the 51st overall. Dalhstrom joins fellow 2013 draftee Tyler Motte to sign his Entry Level Contract this season. The Blackhawks now have signed Ryan Hartman (30th), Carl Dahlstrom (51st), Robin Norell (111th), and Tyler Motte (121st). The only picks un-signed from the 2013 are Luke Johnson (134st), Anthony Louis (181st), and Robin Press( 211th).
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Carl Dahlstrom Career To Date
Dahlstrom, a native Sweden, has spent the majority of his career playing Sweden, in the Swedish Hockey League with Linkopings HC. He has appeared in 117 games in three seasons with Linkopings. He has four goals and 10 assists in his two full season plus in the SweHL. He also appeared in six playoffs games for Linkopings HC. He had one assist for one point and four penalty minutes.This year he appeared with three Rockford Ice Hogs and that makes five totals games with the IceHogs. Dalhstrom played with fellow Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling Linkoping. Forsling has not signed his enter level with the contract with the Blackhawks but widely considered by many as the organizations top defensive prospect. While Ville Pokka is the most NHL ready defensive prospect.
Carl Dahlstrom’s New Contract
Dahlstrom contract is an annual value of his contract is $925,000 and his cap hit is $750,833. In his first year, he will paid $692,000, in 2017-18 $ 742,500, and 2018-19 in $817,500. The Blackhawks now have 17 players under contract for $65,858,460 which breakdown to nine forwards, six defense-men, and two goalies.
Hockey Future states that Dahlstrom is a rangy, stay at home defense-man. He has size at 6’3 and mobile but needs to fill out his frame. Hockey Future concludes that he is an interesting prospect but remains a long-term prospect at this point for the Blackhawks. Dahlstrom figures to spend more time in Sweden and Rockford to continue to improve his overall game.
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If Dahlstrom spends time at Rockford, he will spent time under Ted Dent. The Blackhawks organization announced that Ted signed a three year contract extension. This looks to be two very good signings by the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
The Blackhawks resume their playoff series against the Blues on Friday April 15th.