Photo Courtesy of Nathalie Andersson

Fantasy Summary

The sturdy winger always gives full effort, especially along the boards and near the enemy net. His wrist shot has zip and he usually gets about as many goals as assists. He projects as a bottom-six grinder who chips in offensively.


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March 2022 – A 2020 third-round pick by the Islanders, Ljungkrantz continues to bounce around Swedish hockey. This season, he was pointless in five SHL games with Brynäs. He totaled nine points in 16 appearances with the Brynäs U20 junior squad, registered 10 points in 33 outings on loan to HC Vita Hästen in the country’s second-tier Allsvenskan pro league and got two points in eight international junior games. He still lacks a North American contract. Mark Allan

July 2021 – The hard-working 19-year-old got a cold dose of reality with just one helper in 16 outings in Sweden’s highest pro league. He also had eight goals and four assists in 14 appearances in the country’s third-ranked league as well as almost a point per game against fellow juniors. A second crack at the hardened men of the SHL should be more revealing. Mark Allan

February 2021 – Ljungkrantz has as many points as his nine games played in the Hockeyettan, Sweden’s third-tier pro hockey league. The 18-year-old has potted six goals so far for Strömsbro in his first experience with the men’s league. Mark Allan

January 2021 – Ljungkrantz must be regaining confidence on loan to Strömsbro IF of HockeyEttan, Swedish professional hockey’s third division. After 13 scoreless outings with Brynäs IF of the top-ranked Swedish Hockey League, the hard-working winger has five goals and three assists in six appearances with Strömsbro. He had a hat trick, including the OT winner in a 5-4 win over Hammarby. Mark Allan

January 2021 – The Isles’ third-round pick in the 2020 draft has been loaned from a squad in Sweden’s top hockey league to a team in the country’s third-ranked circuit. Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League sent Ljungkrantz, pointless after nine outings, to Stromsbro IF of the Hockeyettan. Before that, he had 15 points in 16 games with Brynäs IF J20. Mark Allan

October 2020 – The hard-working winger is on a point-per-game pace (eight goals and six assists in 14 appearances) with Brynäs IF J20. Besides those junior outings, the 18-year-old played twice in the Swedish Hockey League against the men of the country’s best league, although he went without a point. Mark Allan 

October 2020 – The Islanders, who didn’t have a pick until late in the third round, watched a lot of primo talent disappear in the first 89 selections before they took a Swede, with a not-so-Swedish surname. The sturdy 6-1, 185-pounder from Gävle was rated by NHL Central Scouting as just the 66th-best European skater. His offensive production has been uneven as a junior, although he typically faces older players and holds his own. With the Brynäs organization since 2017, Ljungkrantz has not appeared in a World Junior Championship, although he scored a goal in four appearances among the men of the Swedish Hockey League, the country’s premier circuit. Physical maturity, a strong work ethic, good speed, a sneaky shot, and strong defensive awareness perhaps foreshadow a future on the Isles’ fourth line. He’s got a solid floor, although his offensive ceiling is not as promising. Mark Allan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country SWE
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 27, 2002
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 3; Overall: 90

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Skutskärs SK U16U16 Div.117 6 39 2|        
 2016-2017 Skutskärs SK U16U16 Div.122 31 1748 12|Playoffs1 1 01
 2017-2018 Brynäs IF U16U16 Region25 39 2564 18|        
  GästriklandTV-Pucken6 3 47 2|        
  Brynäs IF U16U16 SM6 4 26 8|        
  Brynäs IF J18J18 Region4 0 00 2|        
  Brynäs IF J18J18 Nationell10 5 38 0|Playoffs2 1 01
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr