The Anaheim Ducks on Monday signed center William Karlsson, the Swedish Elite League's rookie of the year, to a three-year, entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
Karlsson, 20, was Anaheim's second-round pick (No. 53) in the 2011 NHL Draft, and won this year's SEL rookie of the year with HV71. He scored four goals and added 24 assists along with a plus-17 rating in 50 games in the Elite League.
He also earned a silver medal with the Swedish team at the World Junior Championship one year after winning a gold medal at the WJC.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk