The Nashville Predators officially announced this afternoon that they have signed Pontus Aberg to a three-year entry level contract. The 20-year old from Stockholm, Sweden was selected thirty-seventh overall in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Predators. This coming 2014-15 season will be his first professional playing season in North America.
With some of the stories we’ve had up on here recently – Aberg was a speculative possibility. Now, he should be a lock to be in Milwaukee starting next season. He played last year with Färjestad BK where he competed in 52 games, produced 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists), had a plus/minus rating of +2, and 41 penalty minutes.
Despite the mediocre regular season for Färjestad BK – they found themselves in the SHL Finals against this year’s top Swedish team Skellefteå AIK. Aberg played 13 playoff games in FBK’s run to the Final, scored 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists), and was a -5 with 4 penalty minutes to his name. FBK was swept in the SHL Final by Skellefteå AIK, 4-0.
Excited for Pontus Aberg? Were you able to watch him play in this year’s AHL All Star Classic? Which center should he play alongside next season? Is it safe to assume he’ll be starting and playing the bulk of next season here in Milwaukee?