The Blue Jackets have worked hard to make goaltending a position of depth in the organization, and this morning, they solidified what they hope is another piece of their future.
Anton Forsberg officially inked his first entry-level contract with Columbus this morning, a three-year deal that gives him options when it comes to continuing his professional development. The 20-year-old native of Harnosand, Sweden, a small town on Sweden's east coast, spent the 2012-13 campaign with Sodertalje in HockeyAllsvenskan.
Blue Jackets assistant general manger Chris MacFarland confirmed this morning that Forsberg will attend the club's development camp later this summer.
Forsberg appeared in 33 games, recorded 24 wins and finished second in the league with a 2.04 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 176 lb. netminder was the Blue Jackets' sixth pick (188th overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Blue Jackets fans remember the tall, lanky netminder's strong performance at development camp in 2012 where he displayed the athleticism and confident style that's become a hallmark for European goalies. He joins a strong stable of young goalies in the organizational pipeline that includes Oscar Dansk, Joonas Korpisalo and Martin Ouellette - giving goaltending coach Ian Clark an impressive group of pupils in the coming years.
"The progression he's shown is what's really encouraging," Justin Goldman, head of goalie scouting for McKeen's Hockey, told BlueJackets.com last summer. "You always look to see how goalies compete when they do get their opportunities to come up, play a few games at the higher levels and show their stuff. From everything I've read and heard, Forsberg's right there.
"He can handle it. He seems to be a mentally tough goaltender, and you can really tell if a goalie can hang at a certain level when the speed increases."
You can read more of Goldman's analysis on Forsberg in this story that ran in July.