A report out of Sweden suggests that 25-year-old Swedish defenceman Philip Holm is “rumoured” to be signing with the Maple Leafs after the World Championships.

The language is different than the reports about the expected Calle Rosen signing in that describes it as a rumour. A source in Sweden had not heard of the report as of Thursday morning.

In his sit down with Darren Dreger on Monday, Mike Babcock indicated that the Maple Leafs will be announcing more than one signing out of Europe in the coming weeks.

Turning 26 in December, Holm finished at the top of the SHL in plus/minus at +24 while playing alongside another soon-to-be Leaf (according to reports out of Sweden), Calle Rosen, for Vaxjo HC. The pairing — both left-handed shots, but Rosen played the right — was viewed as one of the most reliable defence partnerships in the league on the best regular season team in the SHL.

Holm’s numbers took a significant jump with Vaxjo this season, recording 21 points in 52 games. The rearguard posted just seven points in 43 games the season previous in Djurgårdens, where he spent the first five years of his professional career, the first two of which were in the Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second highest division). Holm’s 21 points ranked him ninth in the SHL in 2016-17 defence scoring.

A 6’1, 196-pound lefthanded shot, Holm is described in this article as a mobile defenceman who is tough to play against. In comparison to Rosen, Uffe Bodin described Holm as, “more of a defensive type of defenceman, but very mobile. He’s got some grit to his game and is solid in his own end.”

Holm is currently competing at the World Championships, where he is expected to appear in his first game of the tournament against Team Latvia this afternoon (2:15 p.m. EST).

Philip Holm Statistics

BIRTHYEAR: 1991-12-08
AGE: 25
NATION: Sweden
HEIGHT: 186 cm / 6'1"
WEIGHT: 89 kg / 196 lbs
2006-07DjurgŒrdens IF U16U16 SM10000
2008-09Nacka HK J18J18 Div.11278158
Nacka HK J20 AJ20 Elit28461030
Nacka HKDivision 110000
2009-10Nacka HK J20J20 Elit197182524
Nacka HKDivision 133661216
2010-11DjurgŒrdens IF J20SuperElit417101743
DjurgŒrdens IFSHL100000
2011-12DjurgŒrdens IF J20SuperElit410141
DjurgŒrdens IFSHL50224184
2012-13DjurgŒrdens IFAllsvenskan4658133419
2013-14DjurgŒrdens IFAllsvenskan441675410
2014-15DjurgŒrdens IFSHL5127920-6
2015-16DjurgŒrdens IFSHL43257517
2016-17VŠxjš Lakers HCSHL52417213024
Sweden (all)International1312322
2017-18VŠxjš Lakers HC