The Dallas Stars have signed 25-year-old minor leaguer Fredrik Karlstrom to a one-year contract extension on a $775,000 NHL AAV.
Karlstrom was expected to become a Group 6 UFA due to his status of being 25 years old and having played less than 80 NHL games in three seasons.
Karlstrom has eight games of NHL experience over the past two years, recording just one assist. He spent the majority of his time with the AHL’s Texas Stars, scoring 26 goals and 55 points in a midfield role in 112 games.
Prior to coming to North America, the 2016 third-round pick played four seasons in the Swedish Hockey League, scoring 26 goals and 60 points with Vaxjo and Linkoping. He also spent time with AIK in the Swedish second tier league.
Karlstrom has some experience with the Swedish national team, recording three points at the 2017 and 2018 world youth tournaments. He also has two games experience with the Sweden men’s team, but did not score a point.
The signing of Karlstrom gives the Stars added depth for minors once again. The team has $7.394 million in projected cap space, with seven UFAs and one RFA in Ty Dellandrea to worry about. Luckily, most of the top team members – namely Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, Mason Marchment, Miro Heiskanen and Jake Oettinger – have at least a few more years left on their deals.
Dallas was eliminated by Vegas in the Western Conference Finals after defeating Minnesota and Seattle. Texas, meanwhile, lost the Central Division Finals 3-2 to Milwaukee.