Dallas Stars Daily Links: Blueliner Nils Lundkvist enters the picture

The Dallas Stars have traded draft footage, including a conditional first person, for Nils Lundqvist. And we know how much Jim Nill appreciates his draft selection. Do we dare imagine… are they just a bit smitten with it?

The new Swedish right-hander for the stars certainly has a stat sheet that indicates a bright future in the top league. Dallas Morning NewsMatthew de Franks put it in context in his latest post:

Lundqvist turned in the most productive season ever by a SHL teenager in 2019-20, with 31 points in 45 games when he was 19 years old. That speed was faster than Calder Cup winner Moritz Ceder by three points. It was 10 points more than 18-year-old Victor Hedman’s campaign. It was 11 points more than Rasmus Dahlin’s pre-season.

His past points to a high bar despite the usual drawbacks of an offensive young defensive man: lack of size or defensive capabilities.

But the 22-year-old has set one goal and only three assists in his first 25 NHL games with the New York Rangers. Will Pete DeBoer’s system give him room to throw his guard up in the wind – or at least disc skate more?

Lundkvist said he learned from his experience last year and wants to adjust his mindset in order to show “more courage and more superiority”.

“Maybe you do the safe side of not making mistakes, but I feel like if I’m going to be myself I need to try to do things that make me good: do plays and skate with the puck,” Lundqvist said. “When I played 25 games in the NHL, I was very careful. I feel like I learned a lot from him. I hope to learn from that experience and improve and be better this year.”

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]

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