The New York Rangers added two Swedes to the prospect pool in Europe
We won’t be following former New York Rangers first round draft pick Lias Andersson any longer as he is now a Los Angeles Kings prospect. There are still plenty of future Rangers in Europe and there was a full slate of games in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on Thursday.
Nils Lundkvist was in action for Luleå as they dropped their first game of the season in overtime to Djurgården. Luleå was going for a club record fifth straight win to start the season, but fell short in overtime 3-2.
Nils Lundkvist played 20:16 minutes and was scoreless. He notched one hit and took two shots, one on goal. He was on ice for one Luleå goal and one goal against. Luleå is still in first place with a 4-0-1 record.
Frölunda shut out Brynäs 3-0 with Rangers center prospect Karl Henriksson getting one assist on Max Friberg’s empty net goal. Henriksson played 15:33 and finished with one hit and no shots on goal. The win improved the Indians record to 4-1-0, good for second place in the SHL, right behind Luleå .
For Henriksson, it was his second assist of the season as he is averaging 14:48 TOI per game. He is still looking for his first goal of the season after five games.
Leksand was shutout by Källgren 2-0. Defensive prospect Calle Själin played 11:47 and had one shot that missed the net. He was not on ice for either of the Källgren goals. Själin has one assist in five games along with five shots on goal, four hits and five blocked shots. Those five blocks are third most on the team. The loss dropped Leksand’s record to 1-3-1 and they are 12th place in the SHL.
Both Luleå and Leksand will be in action on Saturday as will Rögle, where Adam Edstrom will be sitting out the last game of his five game suspension for an illegal hit.
Finally, Oliver Tärnström was a third round pick in the draft and was promoted to AIK’s team in the Allsvenskan League at the same time he was being drafted by the Rangers. AIK won the game 4-1 over Väsby IK with Tärnström, a center, playing 2:27 and not scoring.
AIK is back in action on Friday and and the question is whether he will remain with that team or go back to the AIK Junior team had had been playing with.