24-Year-Old Defenseman – Dallas Stars
John Klingberg Contract Information:
Signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract extension with the Stars in April 2015.
Klingberg (coach's decision) is expected to return Wednesday against Nashville after being scratched Monday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Precious few rookie defensemen in the last couple decades -- and especially those without much of a draft pedigree -- have exploded onto the scene with a force approaching that of Klingberg's arrival in the NHL last season. After only 13 career games at the AHL level, the Swedish defenseman came up to Dallas and dominated almost from the word go, quickly growing into a clutch performer and an integral weapon on the Stars' power play. That's the role he'll occupy this year, and with a full 82-game slate, he should be able to improve on last seasons's numbers. While it'll be tough for him to maintain that very high 11.2 shooting percentage, Klingberg can reasonably be expected to increase the number of pucks he launches on goal this season, giving him a legitimate shot at double-digit markers again.