New York Rangers, 2018 first-round pick Nils Lundkvist agree to entry-level contract

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers and Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract.

Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced the deal with the 20-year-old first-round pick Thursday.

Lundkvist played 52 games with Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League this past season, finishing with 14 goals and 18 assists. He won the Salming Trophy in 2020-21, which is awarded annually to the best Swedish-born defenseman in the SHL as selected by Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming.

Lundkvist established SHL career highs in several categories, including games played, goals, points, average ice time (21:24) and shots on goal (156). His 14 goals were the most by a defenseman in one SHL season by a player 21 or under.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder has 30 goals and 48 assists in 166 career SHL games over parts of four seasons.

Lundkvist recently had five assists in three games at the world championship in Latvia.

The Rangers drafted him 28th overall in 2018.