Another international free agent has found an NHL home, as Olle Alsing today signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators. Alsing played this season for Djurgardens in the SHL, but will join the Senators at their development camp in June.
Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia tweets that there was plenty of NHL interest in Alsing, who led the SHL in +/- this season at a +26 mark. He recorded 15 points in 49 games during the regular season, and then really dominated in the playoffs recording eight points in 18 games while helping his club to the SHL final. The 23-year old defenseman is small, but fits into the new NHL build of moving the puck quickly and effectively in order to avoid long defensive stretches.
The Senators are obviously not the contender that they were a few years ago, but the organization can offer plenty of opportunity for players like Alsing to get NHL experience right away. The team should have a healthy competition for playing time on the blue line next season, given that only a single roster defenseman is currently scheduled to earn more than $1MM—that’s Mark Borowiecki at $1.2MM.