FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Stars were looking for a creative, right-handed shooting defender and found one on Monday.
Stars general manager Jim Nill said his team could make a deal with the New York Rangers for 22-year-old Nils Lundkvist in exchange for a first-round conditional roster in the 2023 NHL draft and a conditional roster in the first round. the fourth round in the 2025 NHL Draft.
“Nils is an accomplished defender who has adapted to the North American game over the past season and has a high ceiling,” said Nill.
“We felt that adding a creative player like Nils to our defensive group was imperative, and he has a great opportunity to establish himself as a daily impact defender at the NHL level.”
The 6-foot Lundkvist split the 2021-22 season between the Rangers and Hartford of the American Hockey League. He racked up four points in 25 regular-season games with the Rangers, including his first goal of his career on December 8 against Colorado. Lundkvist also racked up 15 points in 34 AHL games for the Wolf Pack.
He was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round (28th overall) of the 2018 NHL draft.
The native of Pitea, Sweden, was named the winner of the 2020-21 Salming Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best Swedish-born defender in the SHL, selected by Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming.
Lundkvist’s 14 goals in 2020-21 were the most in a single season by an under-21 defender in SHL history.