ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Bjorn Melin to a one-year entry level contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Melin, 24 (7/4/81), competed most recently with the gold medal-winning Swedish team at the 2006 World Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia. The 6-2, 209-pound forward earned 0-2=2 points in six tournament games. Melin played in 49 games with HV-71 during the 2005-2006 regular season, earning 17-19=36 points, a career-high in the Swedish Elite League.
A native of Jonkoping, Sweden, Melin has appeared in 261 career Swedish Elite League games, earning 52-59=111 points.
Melin was acquired by Anaheim with Ben Guite in exchange for Dave Roche on March 19, 2002. He was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He will join the Ducks at training camp in September.