New Jersey Devils‘ 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft (#73 overall) Swedish defenseman Alexander Urbom(33) is another one of those players that flies mostly under the radar but with his 6’4″ 215 lbs. frame is looked at with hopes of Pronger-like promise.
In his first season, he played mostly in the minors with affiliate Albany Devils but did skate 8 games (7 of those to start his rookie year) with the parent club scoring his 1st NHL goal on his 2nd recall at the end of the season.
In his initial call-up this year he got his second career goal in his fourth game but was returned to the farm club soon afterwards.
2011/2012 is actually considered his rookie season even though he skated 72 games in the AHL and reached career highs with his pair of goals and 21 assists.
He recently turned just 21 years old (12/20/90).
Original story: 12/24-11
He would finish out his second campaign in the minors and by his third season had seemingly slipped off New Jersey‘s depth chart, appearing in only one game to finish the year.
As training camp was winding down for the start of 2013/2014, he would a late cut having to clear waivers before reassignment but was claimed by Washington Capitals and would start the season on their opening night roster.
He stayed with the big club for 20 games scoring a goal and an assist while skating a good 20 shifts for an average of 15 minutes per game but something happened near the end and his ice time was cut significantly, then sat on the sidelines for a month before he was set to be sent down.
Entering restricted free agency, he would reportedly sign a two-year agreement with Severstal Cherepovots of the KHL but must have had an out clause because for his 7th year, the 24-year old returns home to the SHL signing with Skelleftea AIK.