Prospect On The Move: Klas Dahlbeck to Arizona


It was announced Saturday night that the Arizona Coyotes traded Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks for a first-round pick in 2015 and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Dahlbeck was pulled from the lineup before the Rockford IceHogs took on the Texas Stars and didn’t appear to be injured.

The Coyotes are getting back a very good stand-up defender in Klas Dahlbeck. He is always comfortable when in his own end, whether if he has the puck and is looking to breakout or is trying to change possession. He has a big frame at 6’2″ and 194 lbs, so he can use his body in defensive zone situations.

Dec 11, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is congratulated by defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (44) after scoring a goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

As for his offensive role Dahlbeck is like many other big defenders, he has a heavy shot, but just needs to get it on net more. His stats for the year express that as well. He has 4 goals and 6 assists through 49 games with the IceHogs this year, along with an .04 shooting percentage. is in his 3rd season in the AHL and

Dahlbeck is a former 3rd round pick (2011) and is in his 3rd season in the AHL. He made is NHL debut this season during a 4 game stint with the Blackhawks and scored his 1st NHL goal while up with the big club.

What Coyotes fans can expect from Dahlbeck is rock solid defensive play with an occasional boost of offense. Dahlbeck will most likely need to set a positive first impression with the Coyotes due to the fact that the organization has made it public that they intend to rebuild and “blow the team up.” He may not fill the shoes of the likes of Keith Yandle, but may be needed to play somewhat heavy NHL minutes next year.

Here is a taste of what you can expect from Klas Dahlbeck:

This video isn’t just about the fight, but the leadership qualities Dahlbeck shows by going right after the opposing player who hit his teammate. It may be a possibility that Dahlbeck can have the locker room behind him as soon he steps in with the Coyotes organization.

Dahlbeck will most likely join the Portland Pirates, the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate. The change of scenery for Dahlbeck also gives him a change of perspective. His former team, the IceHogs, were fighting to win their division, whereas the Pirates are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. If Dahlbeck can help lead the Pirates to a playoff berth, I’m sure he will be well liked in Portland.