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Coyotes Acquire Rundblad and 2012 Draft Pick from Ottawa for Turris

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman David Rundblad (RUHND-blahd) and a second round draft choice in the 2012 Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for center Kyle Turris.

David Rundblad
“We are very excited to have David join our organization,” said Maloney. “He is a young, highly skilled defenseman with superior offensive sense. We look forward to David joining us in the desert and becoming an important player for us in the future..”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Rundblad has appeared in 24 games with Ottawa this season (his first professional season), recording 1-3-4 and six penalty minutes (PIM). In 2010-11, he recorded 11-39-50 in 55 games with Skelleftea HC (SEL), the second-highest point total by a defenseman in Elitserien history. He also won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

The 21-year-old native of Lycksele, Sweden played four seasons with Skelleftea HC from 2007-08 through 2010-11 registering 12-61-73 and 36 penalty minutes (PIM) in 153 regular season games. In 40 career postseason games, Rundblad recorded 4-9-13 and 13 PIM. He won a bronze medal as an alternate captain with Sweden at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, and a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Rundblad was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (17th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Turris appeared in six games with the Coyotes this season, recording four PIM.
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