CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Thursday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets assigned defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to the Monsters. A 6’4”, 192 lb., left-handed native of Örebro, Sweden, Carlsson, 20, was selected by Columbus in the first round (29th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Carlsson is expected to join the Monsters prior to their Saturday road game vs. the Chicago Wolves.
Carlsson recently completed his second full season with Linköping HC in the Swedish Hockey League where he posted 2-2-4 with six penalty minutes and a +8 rating in 40 appearances. Last year, Carlsson contributed 1-8-9 with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 45 games played while serving as Linköping’s youngest player. In 92 career SHL appearances, Carlsson has 3-12-15 with 10 penalty minutes and a +15 rating to his credit.
Carlsson made his SHL debut with Linköping HC in 2014-15 and supplied 0-2-2 and a +3 rating in seven appearances in addition to 0-1-1 with two penalty minutes in 10 postseason games played. That year, Calsson also recorded 0-7-7, 14 penalty minutes and a +21 rating in 39 appearances with Linköping HC J20 of the SuperElit and 2-3-5 with two penalty minutes and a +2 rating in seven contests with Linköping U18 of the J18 Elit. Carlsson has additionally represented Sweden in several international tournaments, including the past two IIHF World Junior Championships. Carlsson tallied 0-2-2 with a +5 rating in six appearances at the 2017 tournament and notched 0-3-3 with eight penalty minutes and a +1 rating in seven games in 2016.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Thursday home clash vs. the Charlotte Checkers with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.