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Rangers agree to entry-level deal with 2018 first-round pick Nils Lundkvist

Nils Lundkvist #64 practices before a scrimmage in

Nils Lundkvist #64 practices before a scrimmage in New York Rangers Prospect Camp held at Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, NY on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Credit: James Escher

The Rangers Thursday announced the team has agreed to an entry-level contract with Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist, their 2018 first-round pick who was the Salming Trophy award winner in the Swedish Hockey League this season, given to the best Swedish-born defenseman in the league.

Lundkvist, 20, scored 14 goals with 18 assists (32 points) in 52 games season for Lulea of the SHL. A 5-11, 187-pound, righthanded shot, Lundkvist had five assists in three games for Sweden at the just completed World Championships.

He was the third of three first-round picks the Rangers had in 2018, along with forward Vitali Kravtsov and defenseman K’Andre Miller.

New York Sports