On the Farm: Carl Klingberg’s strong start

Posted by Ryan Fancey in featured3,Featured3,On the Farm,Winnipeg Jets on October 26, 2011 — 5 Comments

Carl Klingberg has used two very strong home outings (silent hat-trick included) to help vault himself to the top of the AHL in goal-scoring, but where did this come from?

Klingberg has notched 6 goals for nearly a goal-per-game pace so far this season. Oddly enough, that matches his entire output from 57 games last season between the Swedish Elite League (SEL) and AHL. He’s heated up quickly, and when watching him on the ice, it isn’t too difficult to understand why.

It’s easy to see that Klingberg has the ability to recognize scoring opportunities and put himself in the right areas using his speed. It’s been said in the past that his game was believed to translate well to North American ice, and so far that’s proven true. Because of his size, he’s pretty tough to stop when charging toward the net – slowing a 6’3″ 210 lb guy (who isn’t afraid of the physical game, by the way) from going where he wants is tough when he’s only a few strides away.

It’s no surprise that the Swede is among tops on the IceCaps for shots on goal by a forward with 19. As their premiere player with a hot hand, the team has been feeding him pucks whenever possible and he’s delivering. However, with a shooting percentage upward of 25%, his numbers simply aren’t sustainable.

Of course nobody expects him to score 70+ goals, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to turn heads. And from speaking with some local media, it seems his mindset is totally in the right place as well – a few have mentioned that Klingberg is quite humble and easy-going, two traits that fit in pretty well here on the Rock.

From Hockey’s Future:

His biggest challenge will be to develop the patience and ability to recognize scoring opportunities more consistently.

Klingberg’s intensity is especially apparent on the forecheck and his aggressivenss in all three zones make him a difficult player to play against. He has good timing in his hits and rarely puts himself out of the play despite his physical style of play.

A late cut from the Jets’ preseason camp, Klingberg scored in his first game for St. John’s and will be a key player for the IceCaps as he works toward a callup. With NHL ready size and skating, it seems only a matter of timing before Klingberg becomes an NHL regular.

For a somewhat struggling Jets team, Klingberg’s success thus far has to be steadily on their radar. It’s argued that he is simply the team’s second best prospect behind Mark Scheifele, with Postma and Cormier obviously in the mix as well. With Scheifele being returned to junior, Klingberg could see some time in the NHL this season.

All of these players bring different skill-sets to the table, but as far as real scoring ability is concerned, Klingberg is well on his way to breaking out in a big way over here on the smaller rinks.

If he does, this season could be his first and last as an IceCap.

Ryan Fancey writes about the St. John’s IceCaps on his site the Ice Flow and you can follow him on twitter at @SJ_IceCaps for more Jets affiliate news.

5 responses to “On the Farm: Carl Klingberg’s strong start”

  1. Kyle Kosior says:

    I am as big a Klingberg-booster as you will find, but I did not expect the production. I saw him as a guy who creates space for linemates, not as the finisher. He is a beauty.

  2. Jeff Roy says:

    I like the kid.  Just imagine what will happen when he starts eating proper food!  (Ref: the photos he tweets of his dinners – typically pasta and ketchup)

  3. Sounds like someone needs a Meyers discount card for the IllegalCurve sandwich….

  4. […] Look for Carl Klingberg to possibly bounce back with a big game for the IceCaps tonight. He was somewhat invisible in last night’s tilt, failing to register a shot on net. But it perhaps looks like this guy could be the type to score in bunches. You can check out my column about him at the Illegal Curve. […]

  5. I believe Klingberg had 6 goals on 16 shots going into last night. That is 37.5% shooting.

    Those numbers obviously can’t sustain themselves. A handful of them were one-timers too and that speaks to the quality of passes that he is receiving. That said, I am glad to see him going to the net. 

    I hope he can maintain this level of production or something close to it because any bit of bottom 6 offence we can land (when he joins the big club) will help our team.

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