Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Axel Blomqvist Signs NHL Deal With Jets

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are excited to announce Axel Blomqvist has signed a 3-year, two-way, entry level contract with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.


The 6’6, 212 pound Forward from Osby, Sweden posted 33 points (7G, 26A) in 59 games during his rookie season with the Hurricanes. Blomqvist was ranked 163rd overall by Central Scouting but went undrafted this past June. Despite being passed over at the NHL Draft, the 18-year old signed an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Winnipeg Jets in the offseason and went to their rookie camp in early September.


Blomqvist had a successful rookie tournament and earned a stay at the Jets main camp where he continued to impress the scouts and coaches. Blomqvist was returned to the Hurricanes in time for the start of the regular season. In three games, he is tied for third in team scoring with a goal and an assist with a -1 plus/minus rating.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)




  1. While we are certainly happy enough for the young Blomqvist, I know I speak for a lot of fans when I say, "WTF?" We hear reports from outsiders (those who did not follow the Hurricanes last season) about smooth, strong skating, good hands and a loaded shot. Let us hope that at some point soon we also see what they have seen and the kid is suddenly really that good.

    Either way, congratulations are absolutely in order for Axel.


  2. I would agree with cc. I haven't seen anything from Axel to suggest he's an NHL'er. In fact, he was stapled to the Canes bench during one of their first 3 games for failing to put in enough effort.

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  3. Pretty cool for Axel! SWEEDE deal!

    He should be getting out of a pretty nice car and wearing some pretty nice suits to the games this year!

    If like most Entry Level Contracts, for the next 3 years, I think that he'll be cashing cheques for $92,500/yr signing bonus regardless of where he plays, and then additional $70K/yr when playing in AHL, (or $925K/yr + bonuses if playing in NHL which should be unlikely in the next 3 years, with the talent the Jets already have).