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 -2. In 72 AHL games for Albany he scored 2 goals with 21 assists and was -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-one 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-three 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 -1 with no points nor penalty minutes in New Jersey’s 3-2 win. He had 8 assists and was -3 with 64 penalty minutes during the AHL season. Albany missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division.
Urbom is a physically imposing player who is slowly learning how to use this trait to his advantage after two full seasons in the AHL. He was deployed in a more defensive role last season, which helped him refine and simplify his game in his own end. He is sound positionally and doesn‘t get caught running around nearly as much as he used to. 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 times his pinches along the wall and into the slot well to try and create scoring opportunities for himself.
At this point, Urbom is ready to compete for a roster spot with the big club come September. He played alright in his only stint last season but refined his overall game in Albany. He’s a potential second-pairing defenseman who plays a style similar to that of fellow Swede and former Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder.
Urbom was claimed off of waivers by the Washington Capitals at the start of the 2013-14 season. He should at least provide a solid depth option, and may work his way into the Capitals' defensive pairings.