Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 6th year center Alexander Wennberg(10) gets a brand new 6-year deal worth $4.9 million AAV to extend his work with the team.

After a brief 6 AHL game reassignment early as a rookie to then affiliate Springfield Falcons to put his scoring game in order, he rebounded effectively.

He finished his first season with 64 NHL games played, upping goals scored to 4 and assists markedly to 16 after the demotion, while also dropping a previous -28 rating to a -19.

His sophomore effort doubled those first campaign totals to 8 goals and 32 assists, while only appearing in one more game (69).

The very decently-sized power forward really started to show his worth as a third year skater, notching 13 goals and a team leading 46 assists in a career high 80 games.

At only 22-years old, he is likely to continue to increase his offensive output as he grows and continues to become stronger in front of the net.

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Alexander Wennberg(41) Columbus Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 1st round pick in the 2013 draft (#14 overall) Swedish-born rookie center Alexander Wennberg(41) was reassigned for a round flight trip to minor league affiliate Springfield Falcons fairly early in his first year but then about a month later was sent down to get some scoring confidence in his game.

In 6 AHL games he was able to managed three assists with a +4 rating.

He only has 2 goals and 4 assists in 44 NHL games with a must be league leading worst -28 rating.

He was such a high selection because of his ability to connect with the net and definitely more is needed from the decently sized 6’1″ 190 lbs. that came over with¬†two years of pro experience in his home country’s SHL and Allsvenskan leagues and had performed well in the world junior championships.

The only 20-year old signed a three-year entry level deal, which extends through 2017, so some extended time with the farm team might not be such a bad idea, unless he’d flinch and go home.

The parent club is obviously wicked high on this kid and would like to see him succeed.