Alexander Urbom
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Alexander Urbom

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-12-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Waiver claim, 2013

Weight:

216 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Alexander Urbom split time this past season between Djurgardens J-20 team and the senior team, recording five goals, six assists and 45 PIM’s in only 16 games with the J-20 team. He was held off the scoresheet, aside from 2 PIM’s, in 28 games for the senior team. The Devils selected Urbom in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft.

2009-10: Instead of continuing his development overseas, Alexander made the move to North America, dressing up with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 66 regular season games 15 playoff games and 5 tournament matches for the Memorial Cup. He was tally 42 points over that span.

2010-11: Urbom opened the season in New Jersey, appearing in six NHL games as a 19-year old, and then spent most of his first North American pro season with the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany. Urbom also had two one-game call-ups, including the season finale in which he scored the game-winning goal (his only point of the season) in what could be the last game of Hall of Fame coach Jacques Lemaire’s career. In eight NHL games he was minus-two. In 72 AHL games for Albany he scored 2 goals with 21 assists and was minus-9 with 64 PMs.

2011-12: Urbom played in five NHL games for New Jersey in December in his second pro season; spending most of the season with the Devils’ AHL affiliate Albany. He was plus-1 with 1 goal and 9 penalty minutes; averaging 13:35 minutes of ice time with New Jersey. He was with the Devils during the Stanley Cup playoffs but did not appear in any games. In 50 games with the Albany Devils he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was minus-3 with 33 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Urbom appeared in one NHL game for the Devils, a late season contest against Montreal in April, and played 68 games for the Devils’ AHL affiliate Albany in his third pro season. He saw 14 minutes of ice time and was minus-1 with no points nor penalty minutes in New Jersey’s 3-2 win. He had 8 assists and was minus-3 with 64 penalty minutes during the AHL season. Albany missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division.

2013-14: Urbom began the NHL season with the Capitals after being claimed on waivers from New Jersey following training camp. He skated in 20 games for Washington and scored 1 goal with 1 assist, finishing plus-1 with 19 penalty minutes and averaging 14:36 minutes of ice time before being waived in January. The Devils claimed him off waivers and he finished the season with New Jersey AHL affiliate Albany. Urbom scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was minus-3 with 26 penalty minutes in 35 AHL regular season games. Albany finished second in the Northeast Division and lost to eventual Calder Cup finalist St. John’s in a first-round playoff series. Urbom was minus-3 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. He signed a contract to play for Severstal Cherepovets in the KHL in 2014-15 in June 2014. Urbom was tendered a qualifying offer by the Devils and is currently a restricted free agent for NHL purposes. 

Talent Analysis

Urbom is a physically imposing player who is slowly learning how to use this trait to his advantage. He has refined and simplified his game as he has gained experience after frequently getting out of position early in his career. Urbom is a mobile and efficient skater in all directions and is not afraid to lead the rush offensively. His shot is above-average and he at times will pinch in along the wall or into the slot to try and create scoring opportunities.

Future

Urbom is skating for Cherepovets Severstal in the KHL in 2014-15. Tendered a qualifying offer by the Devils, who retain his NHL rights, he faced the prospects of again playing in the AHL so the deal with the Russian club is likely more lucrative. Urbom is still just 23-years-old and he is seeing more ice time than he would have likely seen in New Jersey if he made the Devils out of training camp — which could help him in his development. Severstal is battling with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to avoid last place in the Tarasov Division, one of the tougher divisions in the league. Should Urbom decide to return to North America the Devils would have first crack at signing him. The prospect of that happening remains uncertain for the foreseeable future.

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