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Fantasy Summary

Defensive defender that moves the puck well and could potentially be a reliable bottom-pairing NHL defenseman in the future.


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March 2020 – Last season, Lagesson turned heads as an AHL rookie and he has not looked back. The Condors as a whole have regressed but the young Swedish defender has maintained the 0.4 points per game he had last year to the tune of three goals and 10 points in 25 games to date. Lagesson was recalled on January 30th due to injuries on Edmonton’s backend and has not looked out of place in a third-pairing role. Although he is pointless in the eight NHL games that he has played, the young rearguard plays a steady defensive game and is competitive for pucks. He likely does not have a lot of offensive upside but he has flashed some ability to make plays in the offensive zone. The biggest knock on Lagesson is his skating which definitely limits his effectiveness at times and at 24-years-old it is probably unrealistic to expect it to improve much. Lagesson will likely be reassigned once Edmonton’s defense is healthier but his first NHL stint has been a relatively successful one. The Swedish defender’s upside is likely that of a bottom pairing NHL defender but with Edmonton having eight defensemen ahead of him on the depth chart (Klefbom, Nurse, Larsson, Bear, Jones, Benning, Green and Russell) and Bouchard right on his heels, it is unlikely that Lagesson will get much of chance unless injuries occur or players are moved out. It is important to note that Green and Benning are free agents after this season. Jameson Ewasiuk 

March 2019 – Lagesson’s first season in the AHL has undoubtedly been a strong one. He isn’t the best skater but he has a solid defensive game and doesn’t hesitate to engage physically. He isn’t known for his offence but his 24 points in 55 is definitely respectable. Him and Logan Day, who likes to push the pace offensively, have formed a solid pairing as they compliment each other very well. Lagesson has been praised by the Condors coaching staff and could fight for a spot on the Oilers as early as next season. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – After two seasons at UMass, Lagesson returned to his home country of Sweden on a loan by the Oilers to play in the SHL last season. Last year with Djurgardens, the young defender recorded one goal and 13 points in 49 games. He is expected to come back over to North America this season and although it might be a stretch for him to make the Edmonton Oilers roster out of training camp, Lagesson will be a solid addition to the Bakersfield Condors defense corps. Jameson Ewasiuk

September 2017- The 91st overall pick in the 2014 draft had an decent year for UMass in 2016-17. The young mobile defender managed to put up two goals and six assists in 36 games. Lagesson played well in the young stars tournament this year, but where he really shined was during the preseason. The young Swede showed that he can move the puck forward but play well in his own end. In the upcoming season if he continues to improve he might find himself battling for a spot on the Oilers bottom pair. Spencer Pomoty

December 2015 – Lagesson will be representing Sweden at the World Junior Championships for the second year in a row. Last year he managed one assist in seven games while displaying his mean streak and compiling eight penalty minutes. In his first NCAA season he has two goals and six points in 14 games for the 6-8-4 Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen. Look for him to be a big physical presence on Tre Kronor’s blueline for this season’s tournament. Tyler Thomson

 January 2015 – William Lagesson has committed to the University of Massachusettes – Amherst for the 2015-2016 NCAA hockey season. The 18-year-old Lagesson will join the team starting in the fall semester and is a big addition to the Minutemen. The NCAA route will be a much sturdier development path for Lagesson who will now play against much tougher competition on a game-to-game basis. He currently has 12 points in 25 games for Dubuque of the USHL.Tyler Thomson

January 2015 – William Lagesson is a physical defenseman with great poise in his own zone. He rarely makes a bad play when being pressured and isn’t afraid to get dirty in front of his own net. Being drafted in the first round of the United States Hockey League by the Dubuque Fighting Saints lured Lagesson away from Sweden where he played the entirety of his young career. He is a product of the Frolunda junior team and has represented his country on five different occasions internationally. The most recent showing being this year’s World Junior Championships. Lagesson currently has one goal and 12 points in 22 games for Dubuque before playing for Sweden at the World Juniors. Tyler Thomson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 2, 1996
Height 6‘2”
Weight 203 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 4; Overall: 91

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Göteborg 2TV-Pucken8 0 22 0|        
  HK Kings J18J18 Div.1- 0 00 -|        
 2011-2012 GöteborgTV-Pucken8 2 02 4|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 Region11 3 36 6|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 SM5 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Region11 0 22 0|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan14 0 11 2|Playoffs2 0 00
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 0|        
 2012-2013 Frölunda HC J18J18 Region20 1 1213 60|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan12 3 36 14|Playoffs3 1 23
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell6 0 00 0|Playoffs2 0 00
  Sweden U17WHC-176 0 11 12|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr17 0 11 16|        
 2013-2014 Frölunda HC J20JCWC4 1 12 2|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan4 0 11 0|Playoffs5 2 24 10 
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell44 8 1220 30|Playoffs3 0 11
  Sweden U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 12 2|        
  Sweden U18WJC-187 3 03 6|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr20 5 49 16|        
 2014-2015 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL52 2 1416 79|Playoffs8 1 12
  Sweden U20WJC-207 0 11 8|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr12 0 11 16|        
 2015-2016 UMass (Amherst)NCAA27 2 57 26|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 2 13 4|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr13 3 25 16|        
 2016-2017 UMass (Amherst)NCAA36 2 68 28|        
 2017-2018 Djurgårdens IFSHL49 1 1213 30|Playoffs11 0 11 31 
 2018-2019 Bakersfield CondorsAHL67 8 1927 45|Playoffs10 2 24
 2019-2020 Edmonton OilersNHL8 0 00 0|        
  Bakersfield CondorsAHL25 3 710 18|        
 2020-2021 HC Vita HästenHockeyAllsvenskan- - -- -|        

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