EDMONTON, AB - Yo-kim Nye-guard.
With phonetics for the Oilers newest signing now out of the way, blistering speed and goalscoring ability will be the intriguing details of Joakim Nygard come training camp in September after the Swedish forward inked a one-year two-way deal with the club on Friday.
"I would say I'm a speedy player. I have good speed and have developed my goalscoring," Nygard, speaking with Bob Stauffer and Oilers Now on 630 CHED, said Monday. "I will say I've developed my defensive play too, but I would say I'm a forward that likes to get some speed and score some goals."
The 6-foot-0, 179-pound product of Stockholm, Sweden posted 35 points (21G, 14A) in his seventh season in the Swedish Elite League with Farjestad BK this past campaign, finishing second in the league for goals and adding a further five tallies in 14 playoff games to help earn himself his first NHL contract.
"I didn't think four or five years ago that I would one day get an NHL contract, but I've believed in myself all the time and practiced hard all the time, and now the opportunity comes," Nygard said. "Just have fun and take the chance."
An additional 11 games and five points (3G, 2A) for Nygard this season came with the Swedish National Team, while also being named to his nation's preliminary roster for the just-concluded IIHF World Championship in Slovakia as interest in his services overseas ramped up.
"It was like 20 teams or something," Nygard said. "I watched the World Championship and then I headed home and took care of everything. It was six or seven teams then that were really interested, and then I made my decision from there. I really liked Edmonton, spoke to them, and it felt really good."
At Worlds, the 26-year-old began developing a Swedish connection with future teammate Adam Larsson, who was able to help prepare the forward for his first dive into the NHL with Edmonton come 2019-20.
Klefbom added more familiarity beyond their natural connection as fellow countrymen as a teammate of Nygard at Farjestad in 2013 during the defenceman's last season in the SEL before joining the Oilers.
"I spoke to Oscar after our playoff," Nygard said. "He told me some things about the team, the town and stuff like that, then at the World Championship spoke to Adam Larsson. He told me some things too, so I've spoken to these two guys and they spoke well of Edmonton."