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.
I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.
— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday