The Winnipeg Jets franchise inherited a decent group of prospects when the Atlanta Thrashers moved north of the border this past summer. One of the more prized prospects in that group is forward Carl Klingberg, a second round selection at the 2009 NHL Draft.
Klingberg was part of a strong Swedish draft class that included 12 Swedes being chosen in the first two rounds of that draft.
The Goteborg, Sweden native had spent the previous two seasons playing in his home country, primarily for the Frolunda organization. Following the completion of his 2010-11 season in Sweden, Klingberg moved to North America to embark on his pro career in what is now the Jets organization. He played in eight games for the Chicago Wolves, netting one goal in limited action.
Klingberg began the 2011-12 season with the Jets AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. In 20 games for that club, he scored nine goals and chipped in seven assists for 16 points. His strong start to the season has led to a call-up to the Jets where he has so far appeared in his first three NHL games.
Prior to the 2011-12 season, the NHLPA held their annual Rookie Showcase in Toronto, Ontario. Klingberg was one of several NHL prospects to take part in this event, and he is the featured player in this NHLPA Rookie Showcase video.
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