EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is goalie Erik Kallgren.
Hometown: Stockholm, SWE
Round: 7 (183rd overall)
2014-15 team: Linkoping J20 (SWE)
Kallgren (pronounced SHAL-gren) posted 27 wins, six shutouts, a 1.75 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage for Linkoping’s J20 SuperElit club in Sweden in 2014-15. Next up, he will be one of three goalies on the Swedish U20 team that will play in a tournament against the USA and Finland in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August.
• Kallgren posted a 5-2 record in seven playoff games for Linkoping last season. His goals-against average was 2.52 and his save percentage was .920.
"As soon as I got drafted I got a lot of texts from friends and phone calls. My agent called, friends called. I just had a great evening with my parents and my sister (in Sweden)." -- Erik Kallgren
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"I like to watch Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price. I think they’re really good goalies. I don’t think I model my game after someone. I just want to be myself out there." -- Erik Kallgren
"It’s a different type of climate here in Arizona, but I like it. I like when it’s hot. It’s better than when it’s cold." -- Erik Kallgren
"He played in the Swedish junior league last year and he led the league in every category. He's really a late bloomer. We just think his best games are ahead of him yet. There's a lot of development needed but he seems like a real good kid. " -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• European scout Thomas Carlsson lobbied for the Coyotes to select Kallgren with the team's final pick of the draft. Arizona now owns his rights for four years, and the plan is to see how much he can develop in that time.
• Kallgren signed a two-year contract with Linkoping a couple of months ago and next year they’ll loan him to Oskarshamn, which plays in the second best league in Sweden.
• New York Rangers superstar Henrik Lundqvist, whom Kallgren says he admires, also is a Swedish goalie selected in the seventh round of the NHL Draft (2000). Coyotes G.M. Don Maloney was a front-office executive with the Rangers at that time.