The Dallas Stars have acquired prospect defenseman Nils Lundkvist from the New York Rangers in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2023 and a fourth-round draft pick. Both picks are reportedly conditional, per Shayna Goldman, with the first rounder sliding to the next year if that pick is in the Top 10.
The Rangers get: a better pick (likely) than the one that was used to draft Lundkvist in the first place (28th overall in 2018), plus an additional pick in the middle round. Pretty good asset management, when looked at it from that standpoint.
The Stars get: a right-shot prospect defenseman who just one year ago was widely considered as one of the two or three highest upside defensemen outside of the NHL. While Lundkvist struggled a little acclimating to North America, keep in mind that he was a stranger in a strange land. With a year of experience under his belt acclimating to the language, the culture and the bigger rinks, the 22-year-old is better equipped to handle the 2022-23 season.
Fantasy players impacted: Lundkvist gains huge here. In fact, I'm trying to think of a better landing spot for him than Dallas – and I'm coming up empty. He was a premier right-shot defenseman stuck on the one team in the league loaded with premier right-shot defensemen! What are the odds that the one team he is on boasts the (right shot) former Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox, the (right shot) team captain Jacob Trouba, and another top (right shot) prospect already acclimated to North America in Braden Schneider?
Now he goes to a team that boasts on the right side, uh… Colin Miller. Okay, fine – Jani Hakanp