The Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday agreed to terms with four draft picks -- forward Joakim Nordstrom, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, and goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson -- on three-year contracts.
Nordstrom, 20, tallied career-highs in points (6), goals (3) and assists (3) in 47 regular-season contests with AIK of the Swedish Elite League. The Tyreso, Sweden, native also helped lead his country to the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he was tied for second on the team with four goals and ranked third with a plus-6 rating.
Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the third round (No. 90) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Nordstrom has amassed 20 goals and 25 assists in 129 regular-season games split between three levels of Swedish hockey over parts of four seasons from 2008-12.
Dalhbeck, 20, had two goals and a pair of assists along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in a career-high 55 games played with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League this season. The Katrineholm, Sweden, also tallied a career-high eight assists in the 2010-11 season with Linkoping.
The Hawks' third-round choice (No. 79) in the 2011 NHL Draft had 23 points (six goals, 17 assists), a plus-20 rating and 40 PIM in 147 career games across two levels with Linkoping.
Carruth, 21, shared the Western Hockey League lead with a career-high 42 wins (42-17-2) and registered a career-best 2.96 goals-against average in 63 regular-season appearances with the Portland Winterhawks. The Shorewood, Minn., native led his club to its second consecutive WHL Western Conference championship, going 15-6-1 with two shutouts and a .918 save percentage in 22 postseason appearances.
Carruth, the Hawks' seventh-round pick (No. 191) in the 2010 NHL Draft, compiled a record of 87-39-3 with four shutouts and a .905 save percentage in 137 regular-season games over parts of three seasons with Portland from 2009-12. He also went 33-15-4 with three shutouts and a .914 save percentage in 54 postseason games, leading the Winterhawks to the WHL Final in each of his two full seasons with the organization.
Simpson, 20, made his professional debut in 2012 with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs, stopping 38 of 41 shots in a shootout loss to Charlotte on April 14. He spent most 2011-12 with the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips, going 20-31-7 with two shutouts and a .909 save percentage in a career-high 60 regular-season appearances.
Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 58) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Simpson compiled a record of 71-71-21 with six shutouts and a .911 save percentage in 175 regular-season appearances over parts of five seasons with Everett from 2007-12.
Wings ink Pulkkinen -- Detroit signed 20-year-old forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a three-year entry-level contract.
Selected by Detroit in the fourth round (No. 111) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Pulkkinen has spent the past two seasons with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, totaling 94 points (35 goals, 59 assists) in 126 games. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound forward has also represented Finland at several international events, finishing in the top 10 in scoring at both the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Rangers sign Fast -- The New York Rangers agreed to terms with Swedish forward Jesper Fast, their sixth-round pick (No. 157) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Fast, 20, skated in 21 games with HV71 of the Swedish Elite League this season, scoring five goals and adding 11 assists for 16 points, along with four penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating. He established a career high in assists and plus-minus rating, and tied his career-high in points despite missing three months with a fractured ankle suffered on Nov. 29. Fast also recorded two goals and one assist in five playoff games with HV71.
The 6-foot, 180-pound native of Nassjo, Sweden, has represented his country in several tournaments, including the 2011 World Junior Championship, when he tied for the team lead with four goals and added two assists for six points in six tournament contests.
Coyotes sign 2010 second-rounder -- The Phoenix Coyotes signed forward Phil Lane, their second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pounder had 15 goals, a career-high 41 points and 94 penalty minutes in 53 games with Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He finished the regular season third in team scoring. Lane was named the OHL Player of the Week on Dec. 11, after leading the Battalion with 1-6-7 en route to three consecutive wins.
The 20-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., the 52nd player chosen in the 2010 draft, scored 50 goals and added 57 assists for 107 points along with 259 penalty minutes in 171 regular season games with Brampton. He also appeared in 23 career postseason games with the Battalion, going 7-2-9 with 23 penalty minutes.
2006 pick Komarov signs with Leafs -- Toronto signed 25-year-old forward Leo Komarov to a one-year contract.
Komarov was originally the Leafs' seventh choice (No. 180) in the 2006 NHL Draft. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound forward spent the past three seasons with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2011-12, he played 46 games for Moscow Dynamo, scoring 11 goals and adding 13 assists to go along with 58 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the team in penalty minutes and third in points. In 20 playoff games he registered five goals, two assists and seven points with 49 penalty minutes, as Moscow Dynamo won their first KHL championship.
Komarov, who was born in Narva, Estonia, but moved to Finland at a young age, has represented Finland at the past four IIHF World Championships. At this year's World Championship he played 10 games, scored one goal and earned four penalty minutes. He was a member of Finland's 2011 World Championship gold medal-winning team.