Oilers obtain free-agent Daniel Tjarnqvist
Daniel Tjarnqvist was second among defencemen and third on the Wild in ice-time.
The 62", 200-pound native of Umea, Sweden spent the 2005-06 NHL season as a member of the Minnesota Wild. In 60 games with the Wild, the 29-year-old blueliner scored 3-15-18 with a career-high 32 penalty minutes. He averaged 19:46 minutes of ice time per game to rank third on the Wild roster and second among defenceman. He was second to only Filip Kuba, who led Minnesota with 21:46 minutes per game.
Eight of his 18 points were scored on the powerplay as he totaled 3-5-8 with the man advantage and he registered two multiple point games. Included in Tjarnqvists multiple point games was a career-high three point game that saw him score the game winning goal and two assists in a 5-2 win at Colorado on April 9, 2006.
Tjarnqvist was a member of Swedens gold medal winning team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. He appeared in all eight of Swedens games, including the 3-2 victory over Finland in the gold medal final, and scored 2-1-3 with four penalty minutes. His three points tied him for eighth in scoring among defencemen at the Olympic games and he was +2.
The 2006 Olympic appearance was the 11th time that Tjarnqvist has represented Sweden in international play and the eighth time that he has won a medal. He has been a member of Team Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, six world championships (2000 to 2005), two world junior championships (1995 & 1996) as well as the 1994 European junior championships. In total, he has won two gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals in international competition.
Originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (88th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Tjarnqvist made his NHL debut with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001-02. He skated in 75 games during his first NHL season and scored 2-16-18 to finish tied for first in scoring among rookie defencemen. His 16 assists led all first-year blueliners.
He played three seasons with Atlanta (2001-02 to 2003-04) before signing as a free agent with Minnesota for the 2005-06 season. Tjarnqvist has scored 13-58-71 with 92 PIM in 278 career NHL games.