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Oilers Sign D Theodor Lennstrom To One Year ELC

Ken Holland dips into the European talent pool once again


Fresh off the signing of Swiss forward Gaetan Haas, the Edmonton Oilers announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club has signed defender Theodor Lennstrom to a one-year entry level contract.

As mentioned in the release, Lennstrom is a 25 year old left-handed Swedish defenceman that spent the previous three seasons playing in the Swedish Hockey League. He isn’t known to be a prolific scorer, having tallied 46 points in 125 games during that span, but has garnered attention from NHL teams due to his foot speed and offensive prowess.

Given Edmonton’s current situation on LD next season it is probably a safe bet to say that Lennstrom will start the year in Bakersfield and might see some time with the big club as an injury call-up. The only way I can see Lennstrom cracking the opening night roster is either an injury or he vastly outplays Caleb Jones in training camp, which I cannot see happening.

As with every European import player there will an adjustment period as he gets used to the quickness of the North American game. If I were to offer a recent comparable I’d have to go with Edmonton’s last foray into Sweden, Joel Persson. There is plenty of potential for Lennstrom to eventually become a regular NHLer but he will have to jump quite a few guys on the depth chart to make that happen.

Overall, it is a low-risk signing by Ken Holland that adds a bit more depth to the backend. Given how well the team performed this past season, that can’t be a bad thing.