The Colorado Avalanche called up defenseman Anton Lindholm from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. The move continues Colorado’s slow transition into a youth movement that was expected to begin weeks ago.

Lindholm, 22, has registered two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 59 games played in his first year in North America. Lindholm previously played for Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League, the top professional league in Sweden. He tallied 11 assists in 75 games played in his SHL career. He was a fifth-round selection (144th overall) by the Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Draft. He will be the first member of that class to appear in the NHL.

Lindholm has widely been considered the most improved player in San Antonio this season from the start of the season and he is expected to join the Avalanche when they return home from Arizona for practice on Tuesday. Lindholm’s calling card is strong defense despite being a touch undersized at just 5’11”, 194 pounds. He’s willing to mix it up physically and his offensive game has made big strides from the start of the season. As evidenced by the video below, Lindholm has no issue defending his teammates when the situation calls for it.

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AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later. Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.