The Stars acquire Nils Lundkvist

Stars acquire Nils Lundkvist


The New York Rangers traded defenseman Nils Lundkvist to the Dallas Stars on Monday. 

In return, the Big Apple squad receives a pick first-round conditional in 2023 and another fourth-round conditional in 2025, the Texas team confirmed. The first-round pick would transfer to 2024 if the Stars were to select a top-10 pick in 2023. As for the fourth-round pick, he will be moved up one round if ever Lundkvist has at least 55 points in the two upcoming seasons combined.

“Nils is a skilled right-handed defenseman who was able to adjust to North American hockey last season and he has great potential,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. , by press release. We thought adding a creative player like Nils to our squad was necessary and he now has a great opportunity to establish himself as a regular defender in the National League.”

22-year-old fullback years, Lundkvist had recently expressed his dissatisfaction with the organization of the Rangers, on his time of use, even threatening not to show up for training camp.

Chosen in the first round (28th in total) of the 2018 draft, the Swede was seen as one of the good prospects on the blue line of the Blueshirts. He played his first games in the National League in 2021-22, appearing in 25 games, in addition to blacking the scoresheet four times. However, he spent the majority of his time in the American League, where he played 34 games, collecting 15 points in the process.

Before coming to North America, Lundkvist had enjoyed two more seasons than 30 points in the best league of his native country, with Lulea HF.