The Edmonton Oilers announced that they have signed Swedish defenceman Theodor Lennstrom to a one-year entry-level contract. The deal will begin at the start of 2020-21. The Edmonton Oilers announced the deal Wednesday afternoon.
Edmonton Oilers Ink Theodor Lennstrom
The Stockholm, Sweden native spent last season playing for the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Hockey League. In 31 games played, he scored three goals and added 12 assists for 15 points to go along with 10 minutes in penalties. Throughout his SHL career, he has scored 11 goals and added 38 assists for 49 points in 151 career games played.
Lennstrom has all the tools at his disposal to make an NHL impact come next season. The 25-year old defenceman is a great skater who uses his speed and edges to create time and space for his teammates. He plays well under pressure and can be seen helping his team hold the lead late in games. He makes quick, smart plays in the defensive zone and can hit his forwards in the neutral zone with a good first breakout pass.
What This Means for the Future
With the signing of Lennstrom, the left side of the defensive core for the Oilers is deep moving forward. With players such as Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Caleb Jones and Kris Russell all vying for time on the left side, it will be interesting to see how Lennstrom fits into the equation come next season.
Although the Oilers will be in a tough spot, having depth is always positive. Every team that hopes to make a run for the Stanley Cup wants to have as much depth as possible. With top-tier prospect Philip Broberg still playing in Sweden as well, it will be interesting to see how he develops. The Oilers’ future is very bright and all the fans will certainly want to tag along for the ride.
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