Maple Leafs Defender Decides to Continue Pro Career at Home

Published June 1, 2023 at 8:47

A defenceman who has been with the Toronto Maple Leads organization for the past two years has decided to return home. Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) announced on their website the signing of 28-year-old Carl Dahlstrom to a three-year deal.

The Deciding Factor

Dahlstrom said in an interview with his new team that the length of the contract was a big factor in him signing it.

"Great with stability - knowing that you will be in one place for a longer time. It gets easily jerky over there in that there could be a trade or being placed on waivers. I got to experience both things over there. Therefore, it will be nice, partly for my partner and my dog, but also for myself to know where we are going to be."

While he did not elaborate, Dahlstrom implied there was something missing during his nine year stint in North America.

"I have longed to feel that really genuine team feeling."

Time in North America

Dahlstrom was a fairly high draft pick, going in the second round (51st overall) to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. He came to the US in 2015, and spent three seasons in the AHL before getting to the NHL. After another two seasons in Chicago, where he did play in the big league, Dahlstrom headed to Winnipeg after being placed on waivers by the Blackhawks. He played 15 games for the Jets before being traded to Vegas, along with a fourth round pick, for Paul Stastny. He left Vegas as a free agent, signing in Toronto. He played just three games for the Maple Leafs over two season, spending the rest of his time with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. During the 2022-23 preseason, it was announced Dahlstrom needed shoulder surgery and would be out six months after taking a hit from Rem Pitlick of the Montreal Canadiens.

Source: Farjestad BK
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