Adam Almquist (D)
Grand Rapids Griffins
2012-13:Won the Calder Cup with the Griffins in his first full season in North America…Ranked among the team’s top-scoring blueliners with 10 goals (T1st), 21 assists (3rd), 31 points (T2nd), a plus-13 rating (T1st), four power play goals (2nd) and a 0.108 shooting percentage (1st) in 68 games…Finished fifth among AHL defensemen in postseason scoring with 10 points (3-7—10) while tying for first in goals…Recorded his first AHL point on 11/2/12 at San Antonio and tallied his first two goals the following night, 11/3/12 at Texas, in a season-best three-game point streak, 11/2/12-11/4/12…Registered his first three-point game (1-2—3) on 1/19/13 at Rockford…Recorded his first-ever hat trick, including the overtime winner, during a four-point night on 3/23/13 at Lake Erie, becoming the third defenseman in franchise history to score three goals in one game…Posted seven multi-point games during the regular season and four in the playoffs.
2011-12: Made his North American debut with Grand Rapids, 3/30/12 vs. Charlotte…Appeared in three late-season contests with the Griffins after being reassigned from the Swedish Elite League (SEL)…Recorded 11 points (3-8—11) and 26 penalty minutes in 42 games with HV 71…Posted a team-best plus-16 rating, which tied for seventh in the league.
2010-11: Skated in 52 contests during his first full season in the SEL…Notched 16 points (0-16—16) and helped HV 71 earn a share of the regular season title…Led the league with a plus-20 rating.
2009-10: Amassed 34 points (5-29—34) in just 15 games at the under-20 level before earning a promotion to the SEL with HV 71…Led his junior team’s defensemen and finished third among league blueliners in scoring despite playing in 15 of 41 games…His offensive output represented the best point-per-game average in league history (2.27)…Registered eight points (2-6—8) in 28 games after moving up to the top league in Sweden at age 18…Tied for fourth on the club with a plus-11 rating…Helped top-seeded HV 71 capture the league championship…Tied with two of his teammates for the most points by a defenseman in the playoffs with 11 points (1-10—11) in 16 games…Led all players under 20 in postseason scoring…Represented Sweden at the World Junior A Challenge in Prince Edward Island and recorded two goals in four contests.
2008-09: Spent the entire season in Sweden’s top junior league…Placed second among league defensemen with 36 points (8-28—36) in 41 games…Tied for 11th in the circuit with 28 assists…Contributed six points (1-5—6) in six postseason games.
2007-08: Split the season between HV 71’s under-18 and under-20 clubs…Tallied 20 points (8-12—20) in 18 contests at the under-18 level, leading the team’s defenseman in all three offensive categories…Appeared in 23 games at the under-20 level, chipping in seven points (1-6—7) and 12 penalty minutes.