The SHL has cancelled its season and now the IIHF has cancelled the World Championships to which Lundkvist was likely to participate in. With the recent signings, in particular that of fellow draft classman K’Andre Miller you can expect Nils Lundkvist to be signing his ELC and reporting to North America next season.
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IIHF Cancels WC
Nils Lundkvist eyes NY
In a recent Swedish interview, Nils was asked about playing in New York next season. He answered plainly, “Nothing is definite. But I’m sure to give it a try, and then we’ll see what happens.” Nils then added, “Everyone who plays hockey has a dream to play over there, that’s mine too.“
We did an exclusive interview with Lundkvist back in February, here’s an excerpt:
This will be the 3rd summer in a row where he will attend the New York Rangers PDC (Prospect Development Camp). I personally was surprised he flew over last year to attend the camp, but he told me that he feels it’s important to re-connect with the prospects and to get the know the new kids drafted in 2019. You can definitely see he has the right mindset. To the question is he will play in Hartford or go back to Luleå if he doesn’t make the team, Lundkvist was quick to answer “That remains to be seen”. Unfortunately we won’t know until the 2020-21 season starts, where the kid will end up, New York, Hartford or one more year in Luleå. One thing he will have to leave behind when he comes over, is his biggest hobby, snowmobiles. “I like to play some videogames, hanging out with friends and my girlfriend plus riding snowmobiles when I get the opportunity to do so.”
The Rangers have been very aggressive in locking up prospects, so the news could come as soon as today or early next week.