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. Dahlbeck was chosen in the third round, 79th overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
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 plus-11 with 29 penalty minutes. Rockford finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
2013-14: Dahlbeck was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for Blackhawks AHL affiliate Rockford in his second season with the IceHogs. In 75 games he scored 10 goals with 25 assists and was plus-21 with 49 penalty minutes. Rockford missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.
2014-15: Dahlbeck made his NHL debut in a December 6th game with the Blackhawks — skating in four games with Chicago before being returned to AHL affiliate Rockford. He was acquired by Arizona along with a first-round draft pick in 2015 in exchange for forward Antoine Vermette in February 2015 and played in 19 games for the Coyotes. In 23 NHL games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -8 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging 17:39 minutes of ice time. Dahlbeck played 49 AHL regular season games with Rockford and three games with Coyotes’ affiliate Portland, scoring 4 goals with 7 assists and finishing -1 with 35 penalty minutes. The Pirates finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, falling to eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester in a first-round playoff series. Dahlbeck was -1 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was re-signed by Arizona to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015.
Dahlbeck is a reliable defender and a smooth skater with excellent hockey sense. Perceived primarily as a defensive defenseman when he came over from Sweden, he is dependable with his breakout passes and provides supplementary offense. Dahlbeck is 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.
Dahlbeck heads into his first training camp with the Coyotes in 2015-16 after spending three seasons in the Chicago organization. Obtained in the Antoine Vermette trade, he was given a long look by Arizona at the end of last season, averaging over 19 minutes of ice time in 19 games. While his high-end potential appears limited, Dalhbeck is an underrated defender who could very well see significant time at the NHL level this year.