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Senators Sign SHL D-man Olle Alsing

May 10, 2019, 10:48 AM ET [9 Comments]
Trevor Shackles
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In an unexpected move, the Senators signed a Swedish defenseman today to a 2-year ELC. His name is 23-year-old Olle Alsing:

Alsing is a left-handed defenseman and spent last year with Djurgardens in the SHL, and was with Leksands in both the Allsvenskan and the SHL in the two seasons prior to this one. Here are his career stats in Sweden:

I can't say I have ever heard of him before, but his point totals look fair for a young defenseman in a men's league. According to Bruce Garrioch, other teams were interested as well:

It's interesting that this is yet another left-handed defenseman, and I was hoping when I looked him up that he was going to be right-handed. Nevertheless, he adds more depth to the organization, and I'm sure he will begin the year in the AHL. This signing might be inconsequential overall, but I'm always for the team signing free agents from Europe, as that is still an underdeveloped market even though the occasional star player such as Artemi Panarin or Evgeni Dadonov comes through that route.

I'm interested to see what Alsing can do at development camp in June.
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