Nils Lundkvist on his way to New York; other Rangers prospects soon to follow

The New York Rangers announced the long awaited signing of Nils Lundkvist in June. The 21 year-old defenseman had an amazing SHL career and is ready to make the transition to the NHL.

That journey begins soon as he’s left Sweden to join Blueshirts for training camp this month.

Nils Lundkvist on his way to New York

“After 6 unforgettable years with Luleå hockey, it’s now time for me to move on,” Lundkvist wrote on his Instagram.

“Thanks to all the teammates I had the honor to play with, all from junior time all the way up to the A-team. Thanks to all the coaches who have believed in me. All equipment managers, physiotherapists, doctors and everyone around the club for all the help.”

“Last but not least, thank you to all the fans who supported us in adversity,” he concluded. “Today begins the journey towards a new adventure. Here we go!”

Other European prospects are also expected to make their way to NY soon to take part in the development camp which starts on September 10.

Lauri Pajuniemi and Karl Henriksson are confirmed. They will be two key prospects to watch.

Lundkvist has some lofty expectations

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Nils Lundkvist leading the way (Lulea/SHL)

This past season, Lundkvist was recognized as the Salming Trophy winner as the SHL’s best Swedish born defenseman. In 52 games, he notched 32 points which included 14 goals. That the most goals from a defenseman as a 21 year-old player or younger in the league’s history.

It’s numbers like that which have many believing he will be a lock to make the lineup as a third pairing right defenseman and get some PP time. The Blueshirts also signed Swedish veteran Patrik Nemeth to partner up with him and ease the transition.

“The plan is to be ready for training camp when it starts. I am going to stay home and train and do my best to be as ready as I can be,” Lundkvist said this summer. “It’s a bright future in New York and hopefully I can be a part of that too.”

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