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Preds Ink Swedish Star Linus Klasen

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
-Ranked among the Top 10 in both points and goals in Swedish League this season-

THE BOOK ON KLASEN
Preds GM David Poile:
"Klasen is a top offensive player and a little bit older.
He’s one of the leading scorers over in Sweden and
we signed him to a one-year contract with the idea
and hope that he’ll be able, with time and development,
to add something to our offense. He’ll be a guy we’ll
give a good look to in training camp and see what
happens."

Poile on Klasen's chances to compete in the NHL
next season:

"I would think, because of his age and what he’s
accomplished in the elite league, that he’ll be a guy that
has a good chance of having games with us. It’s always
hard to speculate how guys will make the transition from
Europe over to the NHL, but I would think he would
certainly be close at training camp and should get some
games with us next year."

Poile on Klasen's style of play:
"He’s more of a Sullivan type. With his size, he’s not a
huge player, but he’s gifted offensively and he’s going to
be a guy who could play on our top two lines and our
power play."
Nashville, Tenn. (April 20, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed Sodertalje forward Linus Klasen to a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $675,000 at the NHL level and $67,500 at the AHL level.

Klasen, 24 (2/19/86), tied for fifth in the Swedish Elite League in points (51) and ranked ninth in goals (19) in 51 games during his third season playing at Sweden’s highest level. In 2008-09, the 5-8, 175-pound left wing led his club in goals and ranked second in points (29), and in 2007-08, he was a finalist for rookie of the year after leading Sodertalje in points (34) and assists (20). In 156 Swedish League games, he has 114 points (47g-67a).

The undrafted Stockholm native has had one prior tour in North America, playing 26 games for the United States League’s Lincoln Stars in 2004-05, posting 16 points (7g-9a).

 
 
 

Regular Season

 
Playoffs
 
 
 
Sea
Club
League
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
 
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
01-02
Huddinge
U-18 Swe-2
14
7
5
12
4
 
7
0
0
0
0
02-03
Huddinge
U-18 Swe-2
13
3
4
7
4
 
2
0
0
0
0
 
Huddinge
Swe Jr.
2
0
0
0
0
 
--
--
--
--
--
03-04
Huddinge
U-18 Swe-2
11
8
12
20
14
 
--
--
--
--
--
 
Huddinge
Swe Jr.
21
3
2
5
6
 
2
0
0
0
6
04-05
Huddinge
Swe Jr.
9
4
5
9
27
 
3
0
2
2
0
 
Huddinge
Swe-2
2
0
0
0
0
 
--
--
--
--
--
 
Lincoln
USHL
26
7
9
16
13
 
--
--
--
--
05-06
Huddinge
Swe Jr.
8
3
6
9
29
 
--
--
--
--
--
 
Huddinge
Swe-3
35
22
40
62
36
 
8
2
11
13
2
06-07
Huddinge
Swe-2
44
16
34
50
28
 
8
3
10
13
2
07-08
Sodertalje
Swe
52
14
20
34
24
 
--
--
--
--
--
08-09
Sodertalje
Swe
53
14
15
29
8
 
9
2
3
5
0
09-10
Sodertalje
Swe
51
19
32
51
20
 
10
4
4
8
4

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