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MEET THE ROOKIES: JONAS AHNELOV

Friday, 09.12.2008 / 11:20 AM / Features
By Russell Brooks
 
Jonas Ahnelov
Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205
Born: Dec 11 '87 (Age 20)    
Born in: Huddinge, Sweden
Drafted: Phoenix's 3rd round choice, 88th overall, in 2006

AHNELOV AT A GLANCE:

Selected in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft, Jonas Ahnelov was a player who the Coyotes planned to take their time with. A tall defenseman at 6-3, the native of Huddinge, Sweden, has all the tools to be a top-four defenseman in the NHL.
 
In the 2006-07 season, Ahnelov made the full-time transition to Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. In 46 games, he scored a goal and added three assists along with 20 PIM. In addition to his club team, Ahnelov played with current prospect goaltender Joel Gistedt for the Swedish World Junior Championship team, which finished fourth.
 
This past season for Frolunda, Ahnelov notched three goals and four assists for seven points in 51 games. After his season in Sweden, Ahnelov traveled to Phoenix to prepare for this season. Since May, he has worked out at Athletes’ Performance Institute in Tempe with many current Coyotes players.
 
Ahnelov is attending his first professional training camp with the Coyotes after signing a three-year entry-level contract on May 20, 2008. 

AHNELOV SNIPPET:

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2003-2004 Huddinge U18 Swe-U18 6 0 3 3   8          
2003-2004 Huddinge Jr. Swe-Jr. 9 0 1 1   6          
2004-2005 Huddinge U18 Swe-U18 2 0 0 0   2          
2004-2005 Huddinge Jr. Swe-Jr. 29 3 3 6   94          
2005-2006 Frolunda HC Goteborg Jr. Swe-Jr. 29 4 11 15   84          
2005-2006 Frolunda Sweden 15 0 0 0   2          
2006-2007 Frolunda HC Goteborg Jr. Swe-Jr. 9 4 5 9   22          
2006-2007 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 46 1 3 4   20          
2006-2007 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 1 1   6          
2007-2008 Boras HC Sweden-2 1 0 0 0   0          
2007-2008 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 51 3 4 7   30          
 
CAREER PLAYOFF STATS
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2004-2005 Huddinge Jr. Swe-Jr. 3 0 0 0 0 2       0 0.0
2005-2006 Frolunda HC Goteborg Jr. Swe-Jr. 7 2 4 6 0 22         0.0
2005-2006 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden         0         0 0.0
2006-2007 Frolunda HC Goteborg Jr. Swe-Jr. 8 2 3 5 0 8          
2006-2007 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden         0         0 0.0
2007-2008 Boras HC Sweden-2         0         0 0.0
2007-2008 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 6 0 0 0   0          

THE SKINNY ON AHNELOV:

“Jonas is another player who I give a lot of credit to. We had a number of players that spent the summer here. Jonas spent the most time here, coming here in May when his season was done in Sweden. He played at a very high level the last two years in the Swedish Elite League. A lot of time, big guys struggle with their feet. Mobility is at a premium. Jonas moves very well for a big guy. We are very eager to see him in training camp. We are going to take our time with Jonas. He moves the puck well and plays with a little bit of a nasty edge. He has a penchant for throwing big body checks,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH AHNELOV:

Q: What is the most memorable moment of your career?
JA: “When I played with my team in Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season. The fans and the city were great.”
 
He played at a very high level the last two years in the Swedish Elite League. A lot of time, big guys struggle with their feet. Mobility is at a premium. Jonas moves very well for a big guy. - Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving
Q: What will be the toughest part about making the transition from the International to the North American ice surface?
JA: “I think the North American ice surface is more my style. I can throw more hits. You need to have a plan with the puck before you move it. On the international ice, you have more time. “
 
Q: Do you feel you are prepared for this upcoming season?
JA: “I feel really good because we practiced hard every day for three months.”
 
Q: What is your favorite activity away from the arena?
JA: “You would find me either at home or at Fashion Square Mall. I love to shop for clothes or catch a movie.”
 
Q: What type of music do you listen to?
JA: “I try to listen to everything and Motley Crue would have to be my favorite band.”

 

Up Next:
On Saturday, phoenixcoyotes.com will take a look at forward Kevin Porter in the fifth installment of our seven-part series.
 
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 16, when the Coyotes take on the Los Angeles Kings in the first of two rookie games. You can attend for free at Jobing.com Arena or watch a free webcast of the game starting at 6 p.m. (PST).
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