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ROBIN FIGREN SIGNS ON WITH ISLANDERS

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Robin Figren
The New York Islanders have signed Swedish left wing prospect Robin Figren (pronounced FEE-grehn) to a three-year entry level contract. As the team’s third round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the 20-year old Figren has spent the last two seasons in the Western Hockey League and represented his native Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Figren will spend the 2008-09 season with Djurgardens of the Swedish Elite League before returning to North American to complete the last two years of the contract.


“We’ve seen Robin grow and develop into one of our top prospects over the past two seasons,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’ll spend a season in the Swedish Elite League, which is one of the top hockey leagues in the world, and as an organization we’re very comfortable with that. His development will only grow while playing with Djurgardens.”

Figren made a big impact on the hockey community this past winter while participating in the World Junior Championships. In six games, he scored five goals and added two assists for seven points for Sweden and scored one of the tournament’s most memorable goals in some time. (Click here to watch) With his strong effort, Figren helped Sweden capture the silver medal.

Robin Figren
“Robin has played some of his best hockey at the most important times of games and seasons,” said Islanders Assistant General Manager and Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. "Two years ago he scored some key goals and helped Calgary make a very good run in the WHL playoffs. This past year at the World Juniors, he once again scored some key goals for Sweden and his play helped them win with their first medal in a few years.”

The 5-11, 176 pound native of Stockholm split his WHL junior career with the Calgary Hitmen and expansion Edmonton Oil Kings. Last season with Edmonton, Figren scored 18 goals with 13 assists for 31 points in 35 games. He missed time with a wrist injury at the beginning of the season. In 97 career WHL games, Figren scored 28 goals with 20 assists for 48 points and compiled 100 penalty minutes.

Figren also represented Sweden at the 2006 Under-18 World Junior Championships and scored three goals with two assists for five points in six games. Prior to coming to North America to further his hockey development, Figren was a prospect with Swedish Hockey League’s Vastra Frolunda, who was a perennial favorite at the time. Over the past two seasons, Figren has attended both Islanders summer rookie camps and training camps.


ROBIN FIGREN INFORMATION

VITALS
Position: Left Wing
Shoots:
Right
Born: March 7, 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5-11
Weight: 176


STAT BOX

                                                                     REGULAR SEASON                    POST SEASON

Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2003-04

Hammarby U18

Swe-U18

11

5

5

10

22

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Frolunda U18

Swe-U18

12

13

8

21

94

7

4

4

8

10

2004-05

Frolunda Jr.

Swe-Jr.

4

1

2

3

0

-

-

-

-

-

2005-06

Frolunda Jr.

Swe-Jr.

38

10

18

28

72

7

4

2

6

6

2005-06

Frolunda

Sweden

2

0

0

0

0

-

-

-

-

-

2005-06

Frolunda U18

Swe-U18

1

1

0

1

2

2

2

0

2

0

2006

Sweden

WJC18

6

3

2

5

16

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Calgary

WHL

62

10

17

27

54

18

4

4

8

18

2007-08

Edmonton

WHL

35

13

18

31

46

-

-

-

-

-

2008

Sweden

WJC

6

5

2

7

2

-

-

-

-

-



















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