By Tyson Giuriato
Canucks underteckna stötande svenska back (Canucks sign offensive Swedish defenseman).
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Thursday they have come to terms with defensive prospect Henrik Tommernes on an entry-level contract. Tommernes, 22, spent the 2012-13 season with Frolunda in the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League) where he amassed 16 points (5-11-16) in 54 games-played, while also picking up five points (1-4-5) in six post-season games.
Tommernes, the Canucks seventh-round pick (210th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has spent the last three seasons with Frolunda developing his two-way game. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is a very good skater with good offensive instincts, receives lots of praise for his passing ability, especially his outlet passes, and has a knack of getting his point shots through traffic and on net.
”Henrik is a smart, puck moving defenseman,” said Dave Gagner, the Canucks director of player development. “He led Frolunda in ice-time this past season, playing in all situations. He will likely be used more in an offensive type role here in North America; all depends on how quickly he is able to adjust to the increased intensity level of our pro game.”
Tommernes, a left-handed shooter, spent the two previous seasons playing the högerback (right-side) mainly with veteran Christian Backman, a former first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1998. This past season, Tommernes was moved to his more natural vänsterback (left-side) where he was able to make great strides in his development.
The native of Karlstad, Sweden, led Frolunda in ice-time with an average of 20:18 per-game (up from 16:41 per-game in the 11-12 season), which ranked 12th among all skaters in the SEL. In fact, none of the players ahead of him in average time-on-ice were younger, the majority mainly veterans and only one player was not at least three years older than him.
With the signing of Tommernes, the list of prospects who need to sign with the Canucks before the end of May is down to three. Jeremy Price (Colgate, NCAA), David Honzik (Cape Breton, QMJHL) and Pathrik Westerholm (Bofors, Allsvenskan) all need to sign before June 1st or else they become unrestricted free agents.
Ty-Bits (More Tommernes!)
- He attended the Canucks Summer Development Camp in 2011.
- He shared the blue-line in Frolunda during the 2010-11 season with fellow Canucks prospect Peter Andersson.
- Made his SEL debut on October 30, 2008 with Frolunda in a 3-1 win over Lulea.
- Registered his first SEL point on October 27, 2009 in a 1-1 tie with Farjestad.
- Scored his first SEL goal on September 17, 2010 in a 6-2 loss to Timra.
- Was drafted on June 25, 2011 at the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- He shares a birthplace (Karlstad, Sweden) with former Canucks forward Magnus Arvedson.
- He has spent the majority of his career with the Frolunda Indians, which are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, the second largest city in Sweden with a metropolitan area population of 945,713.
- He wore #7 for Frolunda.
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