A reliable puck-moving defenseman who doesn’t overcommit on either side of the play.
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March 2020 – The abrupt halt of the 2020-21 hockey season has brought an end to Sjalin’s D+3 campaign in which he spent a portion of his playing time with the newly promoted SHL squad, Leksands IF, and the remainder with an unfamiliar team in the Allsvenskan, Vasteras IK. He’s proven to be a defender capable of handling the load that comes with playing on a competitive team in the Swedish second tier, however, has made little contributions on the offensive side of the game. His NHL rights with the New York Rangers don’t expire until June 2021, but he’ll need to show signs of some significant growth over the next year and a half if he hopes to earn a pro contract in North America by that time. Brayden Olafson
March 2019 – Sjalin continues to develop in the Allsvenskan leauge in Sweden at the age of 19. In September, Sjalin injured himself during training to the extent that kept him out of competition until almost Christmas The extended injured time will reflect in his games played mark, and has had an impact on his growth of production just twenty games into his first full slate with Leksands. While his development has been relatively slow, there’s no reason to hit the panic button quite yet – his NHL certainly and potential are even keel. Brayden Olafson
September 2018 – The Rangers’ fifth-round selection from the 2017 entry draft spent his draft+1 campaign split between Sweden’s top junior league and their second-tier pro league with modest offensive production in both sets. His upcoming challenge will be making an impact in the Allsvenskan throughout the entirety of the year. His game will require some significant development over the next 3-4 years, but has a respectable ceiling as a top-four two-way defenseman in the NHL. Brayden Olafson