Linus Klasen was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week today in a release from the league this afternoon.
Playing a three game in three day set with the Milwaukee Admirals over the weekend, Klasen had three goals and three assists for the week. For the season Klasen now has seven goals in seven games and also has three assists.
It is unfortunate that he was injured in a rookie game early in the preseason and was unable to be on the ice with the full Nashville squad during camp. He should be one of the first players called up by the Predators when a need arises for a top six forward.
Here is a video tribute from Europe of the North American rookie.
Here is the full release from the AHL...
MILWAUKEE LEFT WING LINUS KLASEN NAMED REEBOK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals left wing Linus Klasen has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 24, 2010. Klasen tallied three goals and three assists for six points in three games.
Klasen began a busy weekend by notching an assist and then scoring the game-winning goal in Milwaukee’s 3-2 victory at Grand Rapids on Friday night. Back home the following evening, Klasen picked up another goal and an assist as the Admirals defeated Abbotsford, 3-1. And on Sunday in Chicago, Klasen tallied his league-best seventh goal of the season and chipped in another assist in Milwaukee’s 4-3 loss to the Wolves.
In recognition of his achievement, Klasen will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
In his first season in North America, Klasen leads the AHL with seven goals and has added three assists for 10 points in seven games with Milwaukee. The 24-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, played the last three seasons for Sodertalje SK, and tied for fifth in the Swedish Elitserien with 51 points in 51 games in 2009-10. Klasen signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators on Apr. 20, 2010.
Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving, Binghamton goaltender Barry Brust, Bridgeport left wing Jesse Joensuu, Charlotte center Zach Boychuk, Chicago center Jason Krog, Grand Rapids right wing Jan Mursak, Hamilton center David Desharnais, Hartford goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, Hershey right wing Ashton Rome, Houston goaltender Anton Khudobin, Lake Erie left wing Greg Mauldin, Manchester left wing Dwight King, Manitoba center Joel Perrault, Norfolk center Blair Jones, Oklahoma City goaltender Martin Gerber, Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop, Rochester left wing Kenndal McArdle, Rockford defenseman Brian Connelly, San Antonio right wing Brett MacLean, Syracuse goaltender Timo Pielmeier, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Steve Wagner and Worcester right wing Benn Ferriero.
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