Stars sign Swedish prospect
May 23, 2006
Center Was Dallas' Third-Round Pick in 2000; Twin Brother of N.Y. Rangers' Goaltender Henrik
FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Joel Lundqvist to a three-year entry-level contract. Lundqvist was Dallas' third-round pick (No. 68 overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft and has played the past four seasons with Vastra Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League.
"We are excited to sign Joel Lundqvist to an entry-level deal," said Armstrong. "He has progressed nicely while playing in the Swedish Elite League and we look forward to his continued development in the Stars organization."
Lundqvist, 24, has played in 253 career games for Vastra Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League, posting 55 goals and 82 assists for 137 points with 541 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 49 playoff games for the Goteborg club, notching 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points with 85 PIM.
During the 2005-06 season, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound center ranked second on his club in penalty minutes (87), third in assists (22; a career-high) and fifth in points (32). He was second in scoring among Swedish Elite League rookies in 2001-02 (12-14-26) behind Nils Ekman, now of the San Jose Sharks.
A native of Are, Sweden, Lundqvist represented his country at the 2002 World Junior Championships, recording one goal and one assist for two points in seven appearances. He is the identical twin brother of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who went 30-12-9 as a rookie for the New York Rangers in 2005-06, ranking fourth in the league in save percentage (.922) and fifth in goals-against-average (2.24). Henrik also led Team Sweden to the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and is the first rookie to be voted a Vezina Trophy finalist as the league's best goaltender since Washington's Jim Carey in 1994-95.