Nashville signs Swedish league standout Alm

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The Nashville Predators have inked Swedish league defenseman Johan Alm to a two-year deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

Alm, 22, was a key member of the Skelleftea AIK team that won back-to-back Swedish Hockey League championships in 2012-13 and ’13-14, finish fourth among all skaters in the 2014 SHL Playoffs in plus/minus rating (+9). Alm’s also established a winning pedigree, having either won titles or been part of runner-up team at the under-18, junior or senior Swedish league levels six times in the last six years.

At 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, Alm will add more size to a Nashville blueline that already includes the likes of captain Shea Weber (6’4, 233), Seth Jones (6’4, 205) and Mattias Ekholm (6’4, 204).

The Preds announced Alm is expected to play in North America this coming season, though it’s unclear if he’ll start in the NHL or with Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.