Klas Dahlbeck
Image: Linkoping HC

Klas Dahlbeck

Hometown:

Katrineholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-07-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (79th overall), 2011

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Klas Dahlbeck appeared in five games with the Gislaveds senior team in Division 1 (Sweden's third league) while skating for Vaxjo's U20 and U18 teams most of the season. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 2 PMs in his stint with Gislaveds. In 15 games with Vaxjo U20 he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and had 8 PMs. Dahlbeck played 14 U18 games for Vaxjo and scored 4 goals with 5 assists and 6 PMs.

2009-10: Dahlbeck made his Elitserien debut, seeing limited ice time in six regular season and three playoff games for Linkoping, and was one of the key defenders for the club's U20 squad. He had no points or penalty minutes in his stint with the top club. In 39 games for Linkoping U20, which finished third in the Super Elit South Division, he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 8 PMs and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in six playoff games.

2010-11: Dahlbeck played his first season in the SEL with Linkoping, skating in 40 games and scoring 8 assists on the year. He ranked fourth among the team's defensemen with an average of 16:21 of ice time per night.

2011-12: In his second season in the Elitserien, Dahlbeck was one of six players to appear in all 55 games for Linkoping. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was plus-three with 20 penalty minutes; averaging 18:28 minutes of ice time. Linkoping failed to reach the playoffs, finishing 10th in the 12-team league.

2012-13: Dahlbeck skated for Chicago's AHL affiliate Rockford in his first season in North America after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in May 2012. Playing predominantly in the top two pairings for the IceHogs, he scored 1 goal with 5 assists in 70 games and was +11 with 29 penalty minutes. Rockford finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

 

Talent Analysis

A reliable defensive-defenseman, Dahlbeck is a smooth skater with excellent hockey sense. Though he does not produce many points, he is dependable with his breakout passes and a steady player in all three zones. He defends well with his positioning and a long reach, and is not afraid to go down to block a shot or engage in the physical game.

 

Future

Dahlbeck made a strong impression in his first year of North American hockey, emerging as a top-four contributor in Rockford. He will have the difficult task of not only duplicating that performance but also trying to take a step forward to put himself in the mix for a call-up. Chicago has maintained their blue line depth from the 2013 Stanley Cup team, but Dahlbeck should remain a reliable presence for the AHL club.

 

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