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Fantasy Summary

Smart, defensively-sound winger with great shooting mechanics and vision. Well-rounded, mature game should help him reach a second line in the NHL.


Observations

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April 2024 – Brandsegg-Nygård is arguably the most NHL-ready player in this class, except, of course, for Celebrini. He embodies the essence of a Swiss army knife forward who can immediately jump in and impact your penalty kill. His defensive instincts are among the highest in the class; combined with his intensity and proactive efforts off the puck, he poses a threat in nearly every facet of the game. Nygård took the label of “defensive forward” rather personally, setting a new record for points by a
draft-eligible player in the HockeyAllsvenskan Playoffs with 10 points across 12 games. His shot is powerful and swiftly released, his nose for the net is keen, and he fluidly creates opportunities on the rush. He uses robust stride and powerful puck protection skills to drive those challenging areas. His adaptability and puck confidence are impressive, displaying all the hallmarks of an invaluable support forechecker on any line. He can almost immediately boost an NHL roster, and his versatility should prove to be very exciting for NHL franchises, as he’s capable of adapting seamlessly through any line or any situation his team may need him in. (April Rankings: #12) Seth Ditchfield

 

November 2023: If you only look at Brandsegg-Nygård’s point totals so far this year in the Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second division of pro hockey, you’ll miss a lot of what makes him our 9th-ranked prospect in our preliminary rankings. His three points in 15 games don’t really scream ”top-10 pick”, but his skillset absolutely does.

Above all, the Norwegian winger plays with intensity and defensive reliability. He reloads above pucks to remain engaged in offensive zone turnovers, blasts through center ice to chase down loose pucks when they pop out, and protects pucks well along the boards. Beyond his off-puck savvy, which extends into offensive scenarios, he has a hard release with an unlocked top arm which has been giving Allsvenskan netminders a look behind their backs, but the bounces haven’t come yet. Same goes for his teammates; he can set them up in great areas with a combination of vision, poise and a wide arsenal of passes, but until recently, they would lack that finishing touch. As the bounces start coming, so will the production — regardless, the skillset and very mature game could lead Brandsegg-Nygård to be among the first from this class to break into the NHL. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country NOR
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 5, 2005
Height 6‘1”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Norway Selects U13WSI U136 3 25 -|        
 2018-2019 Vålerenga U16Norway U164 2 13 0|        
  Norway Selects U14WSI U146 3 03 -|        
 2019-2020 Vålerenga U16Norway U1615 14 1630 26|        
  Vålerenga U18Norway U1815 3 47 4|        
 2020-2021 Vålerenga U16Norway U162 2 13 16|        
  Vålerenga U18Norway U188 16 521 20|        
  Vålerenga U20Norway U212 0 22 0|        
 2021-2022 Vålerenga U18Norway U187 10 919 4|Playoffs4 2 68
  Vålerenga U20Norway U2025 24 1842 20|Playoffs4 2 46
  VålerengaNorway8 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Norway U18WJC-18 D1A5 2 24 4|        
 2022-2023 Mora IK J18J18 Region4 5 510 6|        
  Mora IK J20J20 Nationell35 17 2138 28|        
  Mora IKHockeyAllsvenskan11 1 23 6|        
  Norway U20WJC-20 D1A5 2 35 10|        
  Norway (all)International4 0 00 4|        
 2023-2024 Mora IK J20J20 Nationell7 5 712 10|        
  Mora IKHockeyAllsvenskan41 8 1018 19|Qualification12 4 610
  Norway U20WJC-205 3 25 0|        
  Norway U20 (all)International-Jr9 8 412 0|        
  NorwayWC7 3 25 2|        
  Norway (all)International6 4 04 0|        
 2024-2025 Skellefteå AIKSHL- - -- -|        

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