Pens sign coveted Swedish d-man Bengtsson

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Pittsburgh has agreed to terms with undrafted Swedish blueliner Lukas Bengtsson on a two-year deal, per ESPN.

Bengtsson, 22, is a smallish d-man (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) with quality skating ability and good offensive instincts. He had seven goals and 14 points in 30 games for SHL outfit Frolunda this season, and another seven poits in 12 playoff games.

Bengtsson was believed to be in high demand, with reports of various NHL teams interested in bringing him aboard. The Rangers had him at their prospect development camp last summer.

This is a nice get for the Penguins, who don’t have a ton of quality defensive prospects in their system. Since taking Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh hasn’t chosen a defenseman higher than the fourth round.