The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Johan Alm to a two-year entry-level contract.
The blueliner has spent the past several seasons playing in the Swedish Hockey League and is set to make his North American debut this fall, most likely with the Predators American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
Over the past two months, Nashville has made a couple notable signings to strengthen the quality of defensemen in their system (including trading for and later signing defenseman Jaynen Rissling in April). Alm has been a champion at several levels of European competition including two-straight Swedish League titles in 2013 and 2014. Hockey’s Future touts the 22-year-old as a “stay-at-home defenseman.”
Like the Rissling signing, the Predators are hoping Alm can excel in a new environment, and the club may have added a future fill-in defenseman if the Swede’s game transitions to the smaller rinks of the United States and Canada.
Below is the official press release from the team:
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent defenseman Johan Alm (YOH-han AHLM) to a two-year entry-level contract. He is expected play his first season in North America in 2014-15.
Alm, 22 (1/28/92), has spent the past four seasons in the Skelleftea organization, winning back-to-back Swedish League titles in 2013 and 2014, and earning silver medals in 2011 and 2012. In 135 SHL games with Skelleftea and Frolunda since 2009-10, the 6-2, 209-pound blueliner has amassed 22 points (4g-18a), 72 penalty minutes and a +24 rating. He ranked fourth among all skaters in the 2014 SHL Playoffs in plus/minus rating (+9), after posting seven points (1g-6a) and a +16 rating in 30 games during the regular season. Six times in the last six seasons Alm has been a part of a championship or runner-up team at the under-18, junior or senior Swedish league levels.
A native of Skelleftea, Sweden, Alm has one international tournament to his credit playing in all six games for Sweden at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships and helping his nation to a silver medal.