Rangers trade Lundkvist to Stars

Dallas Stars acquire young defenseman from New York Rangers Nils Lundkvist in return for conditional first-round picks in 2023 and fourth-round picks in 2025.

In the event that the Stars’ 2023 pick ends up in the top-10 of the draft, Dallas would then trade their 2024 pick to the Rangers. Additionally, if Lundkvist amass 55 or more points over the next two seasons, then Dallas will trade their 2025 third-round pick to New York, rather than their fourth.

Lundkvist, 22, played in 25 NHL games last season, his rookie year. He had one goal and four points before being traded to the American Hockey League at Hartford’s Wolf Pack.

In 34 games in the AHL, the Swede has scored three times and added 15 points.

The Rangers selected Lundkvist 28th overall in the 2018 draft. The 2021-22 season was his first in North America.

He found himself caught up in defensive depth in New York, with the team relying on several promising young defenders, such as K’Andre Miller, zac jones, Braden Schneider and Libor Hájek, and his place in the NHL seemed uncertain this year.

Lundkvist could have access to more ice time in Dallas, since the Stars lost the services of John Klingberg – their most prolific defenseman in 2021-22 – in the free agent market. They rely on their right flank Miro Heiskanen23 years old, as well as veterans Colin Miller and Jani Hakanpaa.

“Nils is a talented player, a right-handed defenseman who adjusted to the North American game last season and has a lot of potential,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “We think adding a creative player like Nils to our blue line was necessary, and it’s a great opportunity for him to become a daily impact defenseman in the NHL. »