Likely a long term project, Kjellberg possesses an NHL sized body but will have to develop his toolbelt before graduating within the Ranger’s system.
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April 2020 – The 20-year-old Kjellberg made his D1 collegiate debut this year with RPI of the ECAC. After a transition year with Dubuque of the USHL, Kjellberg stepped up his game while playing with the Engineers, working his way into a top-two defensive pairing role by mid-season. His 11 points through 32 games don’t quite garner significant fantasy attention, but it certainly shines a different light on his file from previous years. He remains a long-shot to become an impactful NHL player, but with another three years of NCAA development, plenty can change. Brayden Olafson
March 2019 – 2018 sixth-round draft-pick and current Dubuque Fighting Saint defenseman has made a commitment to Rensselaer Polytechnic of the ECAC for the 2019-20 season. In his draft+1 campaign with the Fighting Saints, Kjellberg’s offensive game struggled – especially in relation to how he fared in the SuperElit. By committing to RPI, a notoriously weak Division I program, Kjellberg is strongly leading on that his education is equally, if not more important than his focus on hockey. While it’s certainly a testament to his maturity, it doesn’t bode well for his fantasy relevance. Brayden Olafson
June 2018 – The Ranger’s returned to the well yet again in the sixth round to select their final defenseman of the 2018 NHL Entry draft. Kjellberg played the majority of his draft season playing in Sweden’s U20 SuperElit league. His USHL rights are owned bu the Dubuque Fighting Saints which could provide a secondary development path for the left-hander to develop his skills on North American ice. Kjellberg was the tallest defender on his struggling Rogele squad despite being one of the youngest on the team. His offence is questionable, but his frame fits the mold of an NHL defender. Brayden Olafson