|(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Bystrom played in 55 games this season with a plus-9 rating. The rating, however, may have been assisted by some sheltered minutes. Bystrom was preferred for offensive zone starts over defensive. Of course, that's just on the eye test. The AHL does not release zone start data.
In addition to prepping for the coming season, Bystrom and his girlfriend are also spending the summer preparing for a new addition to their family. At exit interviews, Bystrom said he had spent a lot of time talking to the team's then-newest father, Andrew Bodnarchuk, about how much having a child changes everything. Of course, best wishes to his family as they get closer to the date.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Ludwig Bystrom to a one-year, two-way contract.
Bystrom, 22, registered 16 points (2-14=16) in 55 games played for the Texas Stars during the 2016-17 regular season. He finished tied for second on Texas with a +9 plus/minus rating. In 132 career games for Texas, Bystrom has accumulated 35 points (4-31=35). He has also appeared in four career AHL Calder Cup Playoff contests without recording a point.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound native of Ornksoldskiv, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.