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08-02-2012, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Cin View Post
Can I ask why? Don't know a whole hell of a lot about him.
John Klingberg is an average sized, right shot D with a slight frame. More importantly he's the coveted 5th round prospect (drafted in 2010). He's one of Dallas' recent draft picks out of the seldom scouted J18 leagues in Sweden. Emil Molin also spent the majority of his draft year in that league.

He's an offensive D who is willing to throw hits, but his light body doesn't offer much resistance. Many people have described him as a 4th forward, and his defense leaves quite a bit to be desired. He was a surprised addition to the 2010/11 Swedish WJC team, and he made the team again the following year. In both tournaments, better offensive options were available on the blueline, and his defensive deficiencies meant he had a short leash. He just didn't earn the trust of the coaches which translated to limited ice time.

After surprisingly playing 26 games with Frolunda in the SEL the year after Dallas drafted him, Klingberg made the decision to leave Sweden for the 2011-12 season to take his chances with Jokerit in the top Finnish league. It ultimately proved to be a major mistake. Home sickness and a slow start saw his ice time limited and him even being dropped to playing in the junior league in Finland a bit. Both the team and Klingberg admitted the mistake, and Klingberg was loaned to the Swedish team Skellefteċ to finish the season. Despite limited production, he gained valuable experience in a long playoff run. His team ultimately lost in the finals to Brynas (Emil Molin's team).

In the playoffs, Klingberg suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss a few games, but after the season he required surgery in Dallas for a hip injury. The recovery will keep him off the ice until around November. Because of a wasted half season in Finland last year with a wasted half season to injury this season, I'd actually expect Klingberg's arrival in NA to be delayed until 2014-15 in hopes that he can play a full, healthy season in Sweden in 2013-14.

Plus, I think you can tentatively pencil in Jordie Benn, Jyrki Jokipakka, Hubert Labrie, Jamie Oleksiak, and Troy Vance down in Austin for 2013-14. Since Dallas likes a veteran or two playing with their young D, I could see Sloan, Fortunus, or a new veteran joining Benn as veteran leaders on the blue line to fill out the roster. That would then set up nicely for Klingberg and Ludwig Bystrom to make the jump to the AHL together in 2014-15.

Klingberg's upside right now seems to be a PP specialist that could play 3rd pair minutes at ES. His best assets are his offensive vision and skating. The thing that could prevent him for ever playing in the NHL is his poor decision making in the defensive zone.

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