Right-handed defenseman who always seems to make the perfect pass.
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June 2023 – Acquired from Anaheim in March, Nickl spent the 2022-23 season in the Allsvenskan league where he played 47 total games and amassed eight assists and 69 PIMS. He is a steady defense-first defenseman with good passing skills. Nickl will not wow with high-skill plays or outstanding skating, but is solid all around. He also played at the most recent World Championship tournament with Austria where he did not record a point in seven games. Nickl who is currently 21 does not have a destination listed for next season it will be interesting to see if he stays in Sweden or makes the jump to North America. The 2023-24 season will be a crucial point in his development and track as a future NHL player. Tyler Ball
October 2020 – Nickl was drafted 104th overall by the Ducks. Like most mid-round selections, Nickl will need a few years of development before pushing for an NHL job. Jokke Nevalainen
January 2019 – Nickl is having a solid campaign for the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 37 games, Nickl has recorded six goals and 21 assists. Due to his strong offensive campaign, Central Scouting and the CHL have caught notice and they invited the Austrian defenseman to the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton. In terms of his playing style, Nickl is a strong passer. His cross-ice, stretch, and bounces passes always seem to be accurate. His shot selection is quite sound and often times will generate quality rebounds on the power play. In the defensive zone, Nickl can be physical at times and will look to make smart backchecks along the half wall. If Nickl can continue to put up strong numbers in the second half of the season, you can expect his fantasy appeal and draft stock to rise. Josh Tessler