It was confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the Dallas Stars have inked defenseman and 2014 draft selection John Nyberg to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Central Division club.
A native of Göteborg, Sweden, Nyberg was drafted by the Stars in the sixth round of the 2014 draft with the 165th overall pick.
He’s spent his entire hockey career skating overseas in his home country, coming up through the Frolunda system and spending limited time elsewhere on loans. Overall, he’s put up six seasons for the organization, starting in the U16 program and ultimately working his way up to the SHL.
This past season, the blue liner put up impressive numbers as a member of the club’s top team. He was good for 49 regular-season appearances, recording seven goals and 15 points in the process, then chipping in with a goal and 10 penalty minutes in 14 postseason games. He and his club won the Champions Hockey League this season, with him putting up a goal and three points in 13 games.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and a recorded 194 pounds, Nyberg ultimately has good NHL size, which makes him an attractive candidate for the transition to North America. The question will be whether or not his whole game can make the jump from the larger European ice to the AHL or NHL level long-term.
He inked a two-year extension with Frolunda this past October, so he’s still under contract with the Swedish club for the upcoming season. Getting him locked down for Dallas, though, is a sign that they consider him a promising prospect to bring over.