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Ducks sign top pick Lindholm to entry-level deal

Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:05 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks on Friday signed defenseman Hampus Lindholm, the sixth player taken in the NHL Draft last month, to a three-year, entry-level contract. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

The 18-year-old played 28 games with Rogle BK of the Swedish Division 2 league last season, scoring a goal and adding three assists. He scored once and added four assists for five points in 10 playoff games to help the club clinch a spot in the Swedish Elite League next season.

Lindholm also played 28 games for Rogle Jr. in 2011-12, going 5-12-17 with a plus-25 rating.

The native of Helsingborg, Sweden, played extensive minutes as a member of the top defensive pairing for Sweden at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship. He had four assists and four penalty minutes in six games as Sweden won the silver medal.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round