Nils Lundkvist

New York Rangers
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Fantasy Summary

Puck-moving defenseman with top-four upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth July 27, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 28

Observations

June 2018 – Lundkvist finished his rookie season in the SHL with two goals and five points in 28 games. He played 16 minutes per game with about one minute of that on the power play but all five of his points were scored at even strength. He also won the Best Defenseman award at the U20 league SuperElit even though he spent just half a season there. At the U18 World Championship tournament, Lundkvist scored two points in seven games. He played big minutes in all situations and won a bronze medal with Team Sweden.  Jokke Nevalainen

March 2018 – With his late July birthday, Lundkvist is quite young for the 2018 NHL Draft but he has already spent most of the season in the SHL, the top league in Sweden. Playing in the SHL is impressive as not many 17-year-old defensemen can do that – and when they do, it’s usually either playing limited minutes or they are on a bad team. His Luleå team is on its way to the playoffs and Lundkvist’s average ice time is almost 16 minutes per game. Lundkvist is a smart offensive defenseman who loves to join the rush. His skating is very good and his puck-movement is excellent, but his defensive game needs improvement. Lundkvist has been a quick riser in draft rankings and is now considered a possible first round selection. He needs some time to physically mature but his offensive upside is very good. Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Luleå HF U16 U16 Elit - - - - - | Playoffs QC 6 0 1 1
  Norrbotten TV-Pucken 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Luleå HF U16 U16 SM 3 1 0 1 2 |          
  Luleå HF J18 J18 Elit 15 2 7 9 2 |          
  Luleå HF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 12 0 0 0 6 |          
 2016-2017 Luleå HF J18 J18 Elit 21 4 15 19 16 |          
  Luleå HF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 13 5 3 8 2 | Playoffs 2 2 0 2
  Luleå HF J20 SuperElit 8 0 2 2 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2017-2018 Luleå HF J20 SuperElit 26 3 11 14 18 | Playoffs 6 0 5 5
  Luleå HF SHL 28 2 3 5 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 0 2 2 2 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 16 1 5 6 12 |          
 2018-2019 Luleå HF J20 SuperElit 4 0 2 2 0 |          
  Luleå HF SHL 24 1 5 6 6 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 - - - - - |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 8 0 1 1 4 |          

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