October 29, 2020

Nils Lundkvist and Lulea out of action today due to COVID-19

Nils Lundkvist SHL season (Rangers)

The SHL announced the postponements of two games due to positive cases of COVID-19. According to Lulea team doctors, there are confirmed cases on the team and they suspect more.

At this time, names of players have not been released. The cancellations impact both Nils Lundkvist and Adam Edström, both Rangers prospects.

SHL press release on postponements

It is the overall medical assessment of Luleå and Rögle’s medical team that is the basis for the decision. Luleå has confirmed Covid cases within the team and suspicion of further cases, thus postponing their two remaining matches before the break, comments Johan Hemlin, sports director and deputy CEO SHL.

New game dates will be announced shortly.

Nils Lundkvist continues to impress

Nils Lundkvist
Nils Lundkvist (Lulea/SHL)

Nils Lundkvist was drafted in the first round, 28th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has notched four points (two goals, two assists) and 26 shots on goal in 10 SHL games in 2020-21, and he has averaged 20:20 of ice time in the 10 contests.

Lundkvist’s 26 shots on goal thus far this season are tied for the fifth-most by an SHL defenseman, and he also ranks third on Lulea in shots on goal. In addition, he is tied for fifth among SHL defensemen in goals this season; he is one of only two SHL defensemen in their U21 season or younger who have recorded two goals in 2020-21, and he is also tied for third among SHL defensemen who are in their U21 season or younger in points this season. Lundkvist ranks third on Lulea (ranks second among team defensemen) in average ice time this season, and his 20:20 average ice time per game in 2020-21 is the highest among all SHL players who are 20 years old or younger. Lundkvist has also been named to Sweden’s roster for the Karjala Tournament, which will take place from Nov. 5 – Nov. 8. (via NYR)

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