The Winnipeg Jets announced on Friday afternoon that they had signed defenceman Tobias Enstrom to a 5 year contract extension worth $28.75 million.
Enstrom is coming off a season in which he scored 33 points, good for second in scoring by defenceman on the Jets. A native of Sweden, Enstrom was considered too small in stature to play in the NHL by many NHL teams allowing him to be taken 239th overall in the 2003 NHL draft. Since then Enstrom has proven his critics wrong tallying 32 goals and 204 points over 5 seasons with the AtlanataéWinnipeg franchise.
Enstrom's play during those five seasons has been signifigant enough to earn him a much deserved extension that should keep the Swede in Jet blue for the majority of his prime and while expectations will be high it is expected of the franchises defenceman leader in games played with 380 (6th all time in franchise history), points with 204 (4th all time) and assists with 172 (3rd all time).
Enstrom had his lowest point total since his second NHL season with only 33 points but he also only managed to play in 62 games. After taking a late hit from Jack Skille of the Florida Panthers Enstrom suffered a broken collar bone which sidelined him for 20 games. Still the 5'10 180 pound defenceman managed 33 points and a +6 rating on a team that missed the playoffs.
If the Winnipeg Jets plan on making the post season this year Tobias Enstrom is going to be heavily relied on as a top pair defenceman but will have help knowing Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien also share the blue line with him. Enstrom comes into this year looking to prove he can still be the two time 50 point scorer he was in Atlanta and with the loudest building in the league on his side, here's hoping.