The Winnipeg Jets completed a busy Monday with the announcement of the signing of netminder Arvid Holm. The entry-level contract is worth $2.62 million over three years, with a cap hit of $846K. If playing within Winnipeg’s AHL system in Manitoba, the 21-year-old would earn $70K annually.
Originally a late-round draft selection of Winnipeg (sixth round, 167th overall) at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Ljungby, SWE. product has spent the past number of years working up the ranks within Sweden’s top hockey leagues. Holm went 20-10-0 in 31 games for Farjestads of the SHL last season. He had one shutout, a .915 save percentage and a 2.27 goals against average, which placed him eighth in the league (of 14 teams).
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound backstop provided the last line of defence for the second-place Farjestads team, carrying the bulk of the work throughout his first season of SHL action. His win total, save percentage, goals against average and total number of saves all ranked within the league’s top-10 netminders. Following three seasons with the Karlskrona hockey club where he posted a combined 40-54-0 record, Holm turned his game around for the 2019-20 campaign.
Now battling a busy crease in Winnipeg/Manitoba, Holm is expected to remain overseas until room opens for the backstop in either of Winnipeg’s AHL or ECHL rosters. With Connor Hellebuyck, Laurent Brossoit, Eric Comrie and Mikhail Berdin holding down the fort at Bell MTS Place, event landing a backup role with either club would be a great story for the late-round goaltending draft pick.