by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Anton Lindholm to a two-year contract.
Lindholm, 24, skated in two games with the Avalanche this past season and has four points (0g/4a) in 62 career NHL contests. He has 21 points (3g/18a) in 119 career American Hockey League games with the San Antonio Rampage and Colorado Eagles and has registered one point (1g/0a) in four AHL postseason contests.
Lindholm skated in 48 games for the Avalanche in 2017-18, tallying four points (0g/4a) and finishing tied for seventh on the club with a +4 plus/minus rating. The Skelleftea, Sweden, native had 99 hits, which ranked third among Avs defensemen, and his 2.06 hits per game ranked sixth among all NHL rookies. Lindholm tallied his first NHL point with an assist on Jan. 25, 2018 at St. Louis.
Selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Lindholm played parts of five seasons with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League from 2011-16, totaling 11 points (0g/11a) in 75 career outings. He helped Skelleftea capture the league championship in 2014, contributing three points (1g/2a) in 14 postseason outings during the title run. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound defenseman also played in 122 career games for Skelleftea Jr. in Sweden's SuperElit league from 2010-14, totaling 20 points (3g/17a).
Internationally, Lindholm represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia and appeared in three contests.