- The Rangers have signed 2019 second-round pick Karl Henriksson to an entry-level contract.
Henriksson’s deal begins in 2021-22 (Cap Geek)
From the Rangers release:
- Henriksson, 20, skated in 44 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 18 penalty minutes.
- Henriksson’s 12:34 average ice time per game in 2020-21 was the fifth-most among junior forwards in the SHL during the season. He also skated in four playoff games with Frolunda this season.
- The 5-9, 176-pounder has skated in 54 career SHL games over parts of three seasons (2018-19 – 2020-21), registering one goal and seven assists for eight points.
- In 2019-20, Henriksson tallied 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) and posted a plus-12 rating in 27 games with Frolunda’s J20 team in SuperElit; he tied for third in the league in assists and ranked sixth in the league (min. 20 games played) in points per game (1.52) last season. Henriksson helped Frolunda win the Champions Hockey League tournament during the 2019-20 season.
- Internationally, the Malmo, Sweden native has represented his country in several tournaments. Henriksson helped Sweden win a bronze medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, and a silver medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
He was not ranked as one of the Rangers top ten prospects in The Hockey News’ Future Watch issue.
Henriksson was expected to play a big role for Sweden at the World Juniors in December, but he missed the tournament due to Covid.
From the Rangers 10/21/19 Prospect Rerpot: “He plays a 200-foot game, and he is always in great position in all areas of the ice. He is in total control of the game when he has the puck on his stick. It is very difficult to knock him off of the puck.” – Rangers European Scout Patric Kjellberg on Karl Henriksson