Friday afternoon, the Anaheim Ducks and 6th overall pick from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hampus Lindholm, agreed to a three-year entry-level deal. The 18-year-old still has one year left on his contract with Rogle BK of the Swedish Elite League (SEL).
Hampus Lindholm split time last year with Rogle’s Junior team and Rogle’s Swedish Division 2 team. With the Junior team, Lindholm appeared in 28 games totaling 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points with a +25 plus/minus rating. With the Division 2 team, Lindholm appeared in 28 games totaling 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points. He stepped up his game in the playoffs for the Division 2 team recording 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points in 10 playoff games. Rogle’s playoff run clinched a spot in the Swedish Elite League and it was presumed that Lindholm would return to Rogle for their first season in the top league. However, there was a rumor going around that Lindholm was going to get invited to training camp and have a chance to win a roster spot. Now, after he has signed a contract, it can now be presumed that Lindholm will have every chance to make the NHL team.
To be prefectly honest, I think I would rather have Hampus Lindholm on the ice than Toni Lydman. I haven’t been a fan of Lydman and have made that clear on twitter. I do find it hard to see Lindholm making the team, I think he will most likely appear for the Norfolk Admirals or finish his contract with Rogle. We’ll see how he looks in training camp and then await a pretty big decision by Lindholm and the Ducks coaching staff.