Smooth and reliable two-way defenseman with top-four upside. Good leadership qualities.
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January 2020 – Bjornfot has been reassigned to the Ontario Reign after returning from the 2020 World Junior Championship. The 6-1 defenseman saw most of his minutes on Sweden’s third defensive pair due to the likes of Rasmus Sandin and Victor Soderstrom soaking up most of the top end minutes. Although Bjornfot failed to register any points during the tournament, he has already gotten a taste of pro hockey and will revert to playing top-four minutes for Ontario as the season rolls along. Julian Mongillo
October 2019 – Bjornfot has impressed during Kings’ training camp and won himself a roster spot. He has seen most of his preseason action alongside Drew Doughty on the number one defensive pair and has been paired with him for the first few games of the season. The Swedish blueliner will likely remain with the Kings for nine games before the organization decides where the youngster is best suited for the duration of the season. Should the team decide he needs more seasoning he will either see out the year with the Kings AHL affiliate or be loaned back to Djugardens of the SHL in order to preserve a year on his entry-level deal. He has registered between ten and thirteen minutes of ice time through two games with the Kings thus far. Julian Mongillo
July 2019 – Bjornfot was selected by the Kings with the pick they acquired in the deal that sent Jake Muzzin to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Swedish defenceman is a mobile two-way defenceman who is not very physical but has a nice offensive production potential. The young blueliner has great speed and edgework and a strong lower body allowing him to get into good scoring positions offensively while being able to contain his opponents in the defensive end. He prides himself on more of a defensive game with a conservative approach using his hockey sense and anticipation to break up plays without sacrificing defense for offense. His maturity both at both ends of the rink allows him to pick his spots to jump in the rush and make good decisions under pressure. He was a staple for his native Sweden during the 2019 U18 IIHF Championships as well as the Hlinka-Gretzky Tournament where he was leaned on heavily defensively, serving as team captain for both teams resulting in gold and silver medal finishes respectively. He will need to continue to get stronger before making the jump to pro hockey and did not progress as much offensively as some may have hoped last season, but expect him to continue to improve his offense and creativity next season with Djugardens in the SHL. Julian Mongillo
June 2019 – Björnfot has been drafted 22nd overall by the Kings. Jokke Nevalainen
June 2019 – Björnfot was officially measured at 6-foot-0.25 and 193 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine. Jokke Nevalainen
February 2019 – Björnfot was expected to become a high first-rounder after he put up very impressive numbers in the SuperElit as a 16-year-old. But he hasn’t taken that next step offensively this season which is part of the reason he’s seen more as a second-rounder now. Even though Björnfot has improved as an all-around player compared to last season, his points-per-game average is almost identical to a year ago which is never a good sign. Björnfot is a reliable two-way defenseman who makes smart decisions at both ends of the rink. He likes to join the rush but avoids unnecessary risks. He has decent size, and he’s a good defensive player because of his high hockey sense. Björnfot has also shown good leadership qualities at a young age. He’s an alternate captain on his team in SuperElit, and he’s been carrying the ‘C’ on his sweater for Team Sweden in international tournaments. Jokke Nevalainen