Breaking: New York Rangers sign Nils Lundkvist to entry level deal

By Anthony Scultore
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Nils Lundkvist poses for a photo with team representatives after being selected as the number twenty-eight overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have just announced the signing of 2018 first round draft pick (28th overall), defenseman Nils Lundkvist.

New York Rangers sign Nils Lundkvist

Per the team’s press release:

NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Nils Lundkvist on an entry-level contract.

New York Rangers sign Nils Lundkvist
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Nils Lundkvist poses for a photo with team representatives after being selected as the number twenty-eight overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Lundkvist, 20, skated in 52 games with Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this past season, registering 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. He was named the winner of the Salming Trophy in 2020-21, which is awarded annually to the best Swedish-born defenseman in the SHL as selected by Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming. Lundkvist established SHL career-highs in several categories in 2020-21, including games played, goals, points, average ice time (21:24), and shots on goal (156). He ranked fifth in the SHL (ranked second among SHL defensemen) in shots on goal in 2020-21, and he also led SHL defensemen in goals and power play goals (eight) this past season. Lundkvist’s 14 goals in 2020-21 were the most by a defenseman in one season as a U21 player or younger in SHL history.

Nils Lundkvist resting injured knee

Nils Lundkvist was injured in a collision at the World Championships last week and was sent home from the tournament.

“After the examinations today it is unfortunately became clear that Nils Lundkvist’s injury makes more games at the World Championship impossible,” team doctor Jonas Kalman said in a statement of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. “He will return home to Sweden for further examination to ensure the right treatment for his injury.”

IIHF

Latest reports from Sweden is that he is at home resting and getting better. The injury is not considered serious, and he was removed for precautionary reasons.

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