Carl Klingberg
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Carl Klingberg

Hometown:

Goteborg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-28

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (34th overall), 2009

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Carl Klingberg spent most of the year with Frolunda Jr. in the Swedish under-20 league, scoring 13 goals and 13 assists in 35 games. In 10 games with Frolunda in the Elite (men's) league, he recorded two goals and one assist. Klingberg was also with Sweden's U-18 team, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in six games as well as being loaned to Boras in the Swedish second division. In eight games with Boras he scored 4 goals with 2 assists.

2009-10: After attending the Thrashers prospect camp, Klingberg returned to Sweden for his first full season in th eElite League with Frolunda. In 42 games, mostly in fourth line duty, he scored 6 goals with 7 assists, despite averaging less than 8 minutes of ice time per game. He also appeared in all seven games of seventh-place Frolunda's first round playoff loss to Linkoping, though he did not register a point. In four games with Boras he had five assists. Klingberg was also selected to Sweden's U-20 team, scoring one goal in five games.

2010-11: A much-anticipated import from Sweden, Klingberg made his North American debut late in 2011. Scoring once in 8 AHL games was a relatively inauspicious start but he showed a penchant for the big hitting physical game that fans in Frolunda, Sweden will now be missing.

2011-12: Klingberg made his NHL debut in December — skating in six games with the Jets — and played 66 games for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's in his first full season in North America. He had no points with 4 penalty minutes and was -1; averaging 5:29 minutes of ice time with the Jets. In 66 AHL games for the IceCaps he scored 15 goals with 22 assists and was +2 with 39 penalty minutes. St. John's finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Calder Cup finals against Norfolk. Klingberg scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus in 12 playoff games.

2012-13: Klingberg played in 66 AHL games with St. John's in his third pro season. He scored 11 goals with 12 assists and was -6 with 40 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Klingberg's work ethic and his top notch skating skills are the strength of his game. He uses his significant size well and accelerates quickly. His technical skills and hockey sense are slightly above average, at best, but he loves driving to the net and creates a lof of scoring chances simply by using his quick feet. His biggest challenge will be to develop the patience and ability to recognize scoring opportunities more consistently.

Klingberg's intensity is especially apparent on the forecheck and his aggressivenss in all three zones make him a difficult player to play against. He has good timing in his hits and rarely puts himself out of the play despite his physical style of play.

 

Future

Klingberg began the 2012-13 season with the St. John's IceCaps. With NHL ready size and skating, it seems only a matter of timing before Klingberg becomes an NHL regular.

 

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