Nils Lundkvist will stay in Sweden next season

Top NY Rangers defense prospect Nils Lundkvist has decided to stay in Sweden for next season.

His deal with Lulea for one more season. Lundkvist has been playing in the SHL, which is arguably a better league for development than the AHL. Playing against top Swedish and European talent will likely get him ready to make the jump directly to the NHL the following season.

It’s easy to understand his decision. He’s still a kid. There are still major COVID-19 worries in the US. Next season in the NHL is still a question mark. The season is likely not starting until January. There is too much uncertainty for him to commit when he can play a full year of professional hockey in Sweden.

This is the right move for him. There’s no need to rush a prized prospect when next season is such an undecided mess. Staying in Sweden is the right move for Lundkvist.