September 24, 2008

Nice raise for Enström

The Atlanta Thrashers announced today that they have signed Swedish defenseman Tobias Enström to a 4-year extension.

"We just signed Toby Enstrom to a four-year contract extension that will take him through the year 2012-13" Waddell told media at the team's practice facility in Duluth. "He has this year left plus four years, so he has five years remaining with us. He was one of our key players for us last year and I think he's going to be a big part of our future. We're excited to have him signed to a long-term contract."

Atlanta hasn't mentioned any details about the salary. According to Aftonbladet though, he will be making close to 25 million SEK per year. If those numbers are correct, he will be making around $3.7 million in average per year.

That's what I would call a nice raise for an 8th round pick.

Enström had a fantastic rookie campaign, but ended up in the shadows of forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Nicklas Bäckström. Read the following from the article at Atlanta's official site, if you need a reminder.

Enstrom set a new franchise record for the most assists by a defenseman in a season and tied the franchise mark for the most points by a defenseman. Enstrom led the team, set a new franchise record and paced all NHL rookies and with 24:28 of ice time per game. He also led all NHL players in power play ice time per game with 5:44.

He also made the NHL All-Rookie team and played in the 2008 NHL YoungStars game.