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Fantasy Summary

A very smart and reliable two-way center with upside to become a number one center and a Selke Trophy contender. More of a playmaker but also owns a great wrist shot and can score goals near the blue paint. Not a flashy player and not the greatest skater but has high-end hockey sense which allows him to put up points.


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March 2022 – Lundell is making a push for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie, continuing his steady upward trajectory toward stardom. He’s on a 60-point pace and has played an important role in the Panthers’ dominance on what might be the league’s strongest third line with Sam Reinhart and Mason Marchment. Fantasy owners would love to see him shoot more (1.9 shots/game) but he’s been consistently involved in goals scored while he’s on the ice. Think Nico Hischier but with a shorter timeline. Ben Gehrels

October 2021 – It’s looking more and more like the 20-year old Lundell will be able to stick with the Panthers this season despite battling a logjam at forward and getting injured (undisclosed) at the Prospect Tournament two weeks ago. He’s living with Barkov, rehabbing with Thornton, and already receiving accolades from his teammates and coaches for his mature, responsible play. If he does make the Panthers, Lundell is a dark horse to push for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie, though Coach Quenneville has discussed using him on the penalty kill and as the 3rd-line center, which will limit his upside for now. It’s probably already too late, but keeper and dynasty owners should be doing whatever they can to get Lundell stocks before his star rises any further. Ben Gehrels

January 2021 – Lundell captained the Finns at this year’s WJC and was a backbone for the team throughout its entirety. To the surprise of none, he was one of their top performers night-in and night-out, both defensively and on the scoresheet. He finished third in the tournament with 11 points, which included seven goals and a plus-seven rating. He continues to show strong habits and has a knack for being in the right spots at all times. He will look to bring this momentum back to Helsinki, where he hopes to continue his strong sophomore performance. Luckily, Panthers fans won’t have to wait long to see him in action. He is likely to join the club once his season wraps up in Liiga, and will likely insert himself straight into the line-up. While it may not be the hardware he was after, he heads back to Finland with an extra piece of Bronze in his bag. Dave Hall

December 2020 – It was a massive disappointment for him to miss last year’s tournament due to injury, so Anton Lundell will be looking to seek vengeance in order to make up for lost time. He will be a huge catalyst towards the team’s success, and if his play during his sophomore season in Liiga action is any indication, he should feast. He currently sits fourth in league scoring with 21 points and looks poised to hop into an NHL role immediately (following his season in Finland). His offensive outburst, combined with his already touted two-way play has made him highly sought after, and certainly one of the more promising prospects around the league. Dave Hall

October 2020 – The Florida Panthers have selected Anton Lundell with the 12th overall pick of the 2020 Entry-Draft. The 19-year-old is highly regarded for his terrific 200-foot game, all-while carrying underrated offensive abilities. Serving as an assistant captain, he currently has two points (one goal, one assist) through three matches with HIFK in the Liiga. It’s too soon to tell what to expect in regards to this particular season, but the Finnish pivot is considered one of the more NHL-ready players among this draft class. Regardless, he will certainly look terrific skating as the second-line center behind fellow countryman, Aleksander Barkov, when the time comes. Dave Hall

October 2020 – Lundell was drafted 12th overall by the Panthers. Lundell is expected to spend the 2020-2021 season in Finland but should push for an NHL job in 2021-2022.  Jokke Nevalainen

September 2020 – Lundell appears ready to take a substantial step in his development as he enters his third full season in the Finnish top tier. The 6’1 190lb center appears bigger and stronger in Liiga preseason action. He was named an alternate captain for HIFK this year – a testament to his place on the team despite his young age. He remains one of the most NHL-ready prospects in the 2020 crop. Cam Robinson

>> Interview: Anton Lundell

February 2020 – Lundell missed the World Juniors because of an injury but in the Liiga, he is definitely meeting expectations. He has nine goals and 25 points in 36 games while averaging 15:34 of ice time per game. He has been excellent at the faceoff dot, and his 62.8 Corsi percentage leads the entire league among forwards. He is averaging two minutes per game on the power play, and lately he has been getting some regular time on the penalty kill as well. He had a slow start to the season with just four points in his first 11 games but since then, he’s put up 21 points in 25 games which is an excellent pace for an 18-year-old at the top level in Finland. Lundell still projects to become a top 10 pick at the draft.  Jokke Nevalainen

>> Shift Work: Anton Lundell

>> Interview: 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Anton Lundell

>> Prospect Deep Dive: Anton Lundell

July 2019 – At age 17, Lundell was able to play a full season at the pro level in the Liiga with HIFK. He was mostly used as a middle-six forward and managed to score 19 points in 38 games while averaging 14:23 of ice time per game, including almost two minutes on the power play. He was used both at center and at wing but he’s a natural center and will play that position moving forward. Lundell also won gold with Team Finland at the World Juniors where he was used as their number two center while being the youngest player on the team. Lundell also played at the U18 Worlds where he was Finland’s top center. That tournament was a disappointment for the whole team but Lundell managed to score four points in five games and was one of the best players on the team. Lundell is a reliable two-way center with potential to become an annual Selke Trophy contender. He isn’t a defensive specialist, though, as he loves to create offense as well. He doesn’t have elite speed and he isn’t a flashy player but he is one of the smartest players in his draft class. He’s more of a playmaker but also owns a great wrist shot. He can read the game at an elite level which allows him to make plays most others can’t see – and he also has soft hands which allow him to execute those plays. He works hard on and off the ice, and he has good size as well (6-1, 183). Lundell has all the tools to become a very good number one center at the NHL level, and he’s expected to be ready to play in the NHL immediately after he gets drafted. At this point, Lundell is projected to become a top five selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He’s expected to play a major role for HIFK in the Liiga this upcoming season, and he’ll be one of the top players for Team Finland at the World Juniors.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.8
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 3, 2001
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 12

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja Q2 2 24 0|        
  HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja27 4 1115 10|Playoffs5 1 01
 2016-2017 HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja Q7 6 1521 8|        
  HIFK U16U16 SM-sarja0 0 00 0|Playoffs3 3 47 <