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Great Start To The Season For John Klingberg And The Dallas Stars

Klingberg has 4 goals and 16 assists...

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The John Klingberg-for-Norris Trophy campaign might be starting in the stands at American Airlines Center or in fan message boards around town, but not in the Stars' locker room.

The sophomore sensation had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead a 3-2 overtime victory against the Minnesota Wild and expand his NHL lead in scoring by defensemen to 20 points in 18 games. However, he said he's not even thinking about the Norris, give to the best defenseman in the NHL.

"No, not at all, it's way too early," said Klingberg, who is now tied for fourth overall in NHL scoring. "I'm just glad the team is winning and I'm playing well."

Those two statements are definitely true. Dallas moved to 14-4-0, the best start in franchise history after 18 games, and moved one more point ahead of the red-hot Wild, who fell to 10-3-3. And Klingberg was exceptional on Saturday.

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The Lidstrom generation of defensemen, headlined by ‘OEL’

From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:

They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.

"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."

Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.

There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.

Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.

"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'

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NHL names 2015 All-Rookie Team

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

NEW YORK (June 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.

Also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, defenseman John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:

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The Dallas Stars Have A Seven-Year Contract Extension With John Klingberg

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports the AAV is $4.25M.

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Klingberg, 22, appeared in 65 games this season as a rookie for Dallas posting 40 points (11-29=40). He led all NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points, and was second in goals. Amongst all rookies, he finished fourth in assists, seventh in points and seventh in even-strength points (28).

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