The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly signed Swedish forward Joakim Lindström to a one year, one-way contract worth $600,000.

Joakim Lindström

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According to Sport Bladet, a Swedish media site, and confirmed by Adrian Dater, the left wing will be making an appearance in Colorado this season.

Having only played a handful of games in the NHL despite being drafted 41st overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002, Lindström managed to put up 28 goals and 32 assists in 54 games for the Skelleftea Hockey Club this year and finished the league leader in scoring. It’s possible that Colorado is seeking Lindström to fill the power forward void left in the absence of Chris Stewart.

“We are pleased to have Joakim under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “With his combined experience in the NHL and Swedish Elite League, he will provide depth to our roster.”

Standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at 187 pounds, the left handed forward isn’t exactly a physical force to be reckoned with but he also hasn’t had much of an opportunity to play at the elite NHL level. Lindström played 44 games for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008-09, a career high, and had only 37 games under his belt before that.

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact this signing will have on Colorado’s draft choices in the coming weeks, but Lindström does play on the same team as prospective defenseman Adam Larsson. Colorado has yet to sign any goaltender to a contract for this season.

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