Blomqvist is a 6’3”, 194 pound defenseman who was a member of the Swedish U-17 and U-18 National teams and was the winner of a silver medal in the 2010-11 U18 World Juniors. Most recently he was ranked 71st among European skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft. His brother, Anton, was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 167th overall in 2009.
“From the video we’ve seen and the scouting reports we have Albin is a big strong kid, who plays very strong in the defensive zone” said Canes Assistant GM Brad Robson “He’s a strong skater and an excellent penalty killer who uses his size and strength to win battles – a solid steady defensive d-man with some offensive upside.”
Lethbridge still holds the 72nd pick – a second round pick in this year’s draft after the release of Swedish forward Jacob Berglund and Russian forward Alex Kuvaev. Berglund signed on to play pro hockey in Sweden for the 2011-12 season while Kuvaev will now be re-entered into the talent pool for the 2011 CHL Draft.
(From Ryan Ohashi, Hurricanes Manager of Communications & Events)
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