When the Arizona Coyotes traded Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks, they brought back a 1st round draft pick and a young defensive prospect by the name of Klas Dahlbeck. Who is he and what does he have to offer Arizona?
Dahlbeck is a 23 year old left-handed defenseman from Sweden who was taken in the 3rd round (79th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He developed his game in the Swedish Hockey League until the Hawks brought him over to their AHL club in Rockford in 2012.
His playing style is a little bit different than some of the other young defensemen the Coyotes have added to their system recently. Per Elite Prospects:
A defensive minded and very solid defenseman. Dahlbeck has good size, plays with nice determination and has good positioning. Does not contribute much offensively, but thanks to his his smarts in his own end and his simple play, he is quite valuable for any team.
His most productive year was last season with the IceHogs, when he recorded 10 goals and 25 assists in 75 games. This year, he's scored four goals and seven assists in 48 AHL games, and one goal in four NHL games with Chicago.
Dahlbeck appears to be a potential replacement for the physicality and responsibility that Arizona has lost with the departures of Adrian Aucoin, Michal Rozsival, and Rostislav Klesla over the years. He could also free up space in the roster for Don Maloney to trade another defenseman like Keith Yandle or Brandon Gormley.
Considering the fact that Arizona got a first round draft pick and Dahlbeck for a player they were highly unlikely to re-sign anyways, this deal already seems to be a win. If Dahlbeck is capable of solidifying an NHL role and clearing the front of the net for his goaltenders, he should be a fine addition to the club.