The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The deal is a two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2020-21 season and one-way NHL contract in 2021-22.
Carlsson, 23, has registered three assists and eight penalty minutes in 23 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including collecting two penalty minutes in six outings in 2019-20. He made his NHL debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He went on to post a +1 plus/minus rating in five contests during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A native of Orebro, Sweden, Carlsson has recorded 6-24-30 with 44 penalty minutes and a cumulative +13 plus/minus rating in 144 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters since 2016-17. He tied his career highs with 2-10-12 and 14 penalty minutes and led the Monsters with a +13 plus/minus rating in 41 appearances in 2019-20.
Columbus' second first-round selection, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft tallied 3-12-15 and eight penalty minutes in 92 career games in the Swedish Hockey League with Linkoping from 2014-17. He has represented Sweden at several international tournaments, including the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships as well as the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championships.