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Urbom hoping to take next step

Tuesday, 07.13.2010 / 4:13 PM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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One of John MacLean’s first-day impressions of rookie camp was the towering size of the Devils’ defensive prospects. Among them is 6-4, 215-lb. blueliner Alexander Urbom, who hopes to get a crack at the NHL this season.
 
“I hope so,” Urbom said when asked if he’s ready to make the jump. “I’ll work as hard as I can.”
 
Selected with the Devils’ third choice, 73rd overall, in 2009, Urbom got a long look at last year’s training camp. The Stockholm native spent the 2009-10 season in North America, posting 12 goals and 21 assists in 66 games as a rookie with Brandon (WHL). He added four goals, three assists in 15 playoff games, then appeared in the Memorial Cup with the host Wheat Kings, tallying one goal and one assist in five appearances.
 
“It was great,” he said. “It was fun. It was great hockey; it was a great year. I played in the Memorial Cup – it was awesome.”
 
Urbom, 19, is one of three highly-regarded Swedish prospects in the Devils’ system. Come September, fellow Swedes Jacob Josefson, a center, and Mattias Tedenby, a left wing, are also expected to contend for roster spots in New Jersey.
 
They’ll be joined by veteran Swedish defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who was signed as a free agent from Buffalo on July 1. Devils’ President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello has said he hopes Tallinder can mentor Urbom as he did Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, who won the Calder Trophy last season as rookie of the year.
 
“I don’t know him, but I heard he’s a good guy and he’s a Swede,” Urbom said of Tallinder, who has eight seasons of NHL experience.
 
“The country’s a little different and I think it’s more outside the rink, someone to help here and speak Swedish,” Urbom added. “Of course it’s good to have a good defenseman who talks your language. I think it’s very good.”
 
Having made the adjustment from Djurgardens (Swe.) to Brandon last season, Urbom shrugged off differences in playing styles.
 
“It’s a smaller rink and of course the hockey’s different,” he said. “It’s great hockey and I like to play over here.”
 
Last year’s training camp was a boon for Urbom’s NHL dream, and now he’s looking forward to taking the next step.
 
“I don’t really think about last year,” he said. “I just try to do my best every time I’m on the ice. Of course it’s a good experience to practice with all the NHL players last year.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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