Rangers Prospect Report: Nils Lundkvist's SHL season comes to end

Colin Martin
·3 min read
Nils Lundkvist puts on Rangers hat 6/22/2018
Nils Lundkvist puts on Rangers hat 6/22/2018

On the latest Rangers prospect report released by the team, Braden Schneider, the team's 19th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime and an assist on the game-tying goal in the third period on April 24 vs. Prince Albert.

Schneider established single-game WHL career-highs with four assists and four points on April 25 vs. Regina (tallied three power play assists and one shorthanded assist in the contest).

He leads the WHL in power play assists (15), ranks fourth in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-21), is tied for fourth in the WHL in assists (22), and is tied for 10th in the WHL in points (27) this season.

Here's who else stood out recently among the Blueshirts' prospects:

D Nils Lundkvist, First Round, 2018 Draft

  • His SHL season ended on April 20, as Lulea was eliminated by Skelleftea in Game 7 of the Quarterfinals the SHL Playoffs, averaging 24:37 of ice time in the playoffs.

  • Ranked fifth in the SHL (ranked second among SHL defensemen) in shots on goal in 2020-21 (156) and was one shot on goal shy of tying the leader among SHL defensemen for the season.

  • Tallied 14 goals and 32 points this season, establishing an SHL career-high in each category as he led SHL defensemen in goals and power play goals (eight) this season. His 14 goals are the most by a defenseman in one season as a U21 player or younger in SHL history.

D Matthew Robertson, Second Round, 2019 Draft

  • Recorded an assist/point in each of Edmonton's three games during the week (three assists, plus-three rating, 16 shots on goal over the span).

  • Helped Edmonton win the Central Division championship for the third consecutive season.

  • Ranks second in the WHL in shots on goal (95) and plus/minus rating (plus-23) this season, leads WHL defensemen in shots on goal and plus/minus rating, ranks fifth among WHL defensemen in points (18), and is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in assists (15) in 2020-21.

RW Lauri Pajuniemi, Fifth Round, 2018 Draft

  • Registered four points (one goal, three assists) in five games to help TPS defeat the Pelicans, three-games-to-two, in the best-of-five Quarterfinals. He tied for the team lead in points in the series. TPS will play HIFK in the Semifinals beginning on April 29.

  • Established Liiga career-highs in assists (16) and plus/minus rating (plus-12) this season

  • Tied for sixth in Liiga in goals (22) and power play goals (nine), and ranked 16th in shot attempts (226) this season.

  • Among players who were in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21: ranked first in goals, and tied for fourth in points (38) and plus/minus rating.

G Dylan Garand, Fourth Round, 2020 Draft

  • Posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .969 SV% (93 saves on 96 shots), and 1 SO in three appearances during the week.

  • Stopped 43 of 44 shots and earned a win on April 22 at Prince George (selected as the game’s First Star). Stopped all 18 shots, and earned a win and a shutout on April 25 at Vancouver (selected as the game’s First Star).

  • Ranks fifth in the WHL in wins (nine), is tied for fourth in the WHL in shutouts (two), ranks fifth in the WHL (min. 10 appearances) in GAA (2.27), and ranks seventh in the WHL (min. 10 appearances) in SV% (.911) this season.