After about three and a half hours, the New York Islanders finally selected winger Alexander Ljungkrantz out of Brynas IF in Sweden. Ljungkrantz seems like a reach in the third round, with one of the few scouting reports on him projecting that he’d be a decent pickup in one of the later rounds of the draft.
Ljungkrantz scored 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 42 games for Brynas’s U20 team, and scored one SHL goal in 3 games last season (stats via EliteProspects).
Here are some other thoughts on Ljungkrantz:
Quick #Isles skinny on Ljungkrantz:— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) October 7, 2020
18, 6-foot-1 and 185lbs
Most recent team is SHL's Brynas
Has solid awareness off the puck, can generate speed up the ice & his wrist shot has some power behind it as well. Would be best suited in a bottom-six role because of his work ethic.
Isles enter the draft discussion and take winger Alexander Ljungkrantz at pick No. 90. May not seem like I ranked him high but man did I enjoy watching this kid play. Good work by the Isles here. pic.twitter.com/iciRhrV5KK— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) October 7, 2020
The consensus seems to be that he’s a gritty, bottom six type player who plays the kind of game that’s fun to root for but he’s never going to be lighting it up offensively. Not sure that it made sense to pick him up this early, especially when the Isles could really use higher end talent in the prospect pool, and could use centers rather than wingers. In the Smaht Scouting report on Ljungkrantz, he was compared to Jesper Fast, certainly a solid player, but Ljungkrantz isn’t expected to have that kind of offensive output.
Ljungkrantz does seem like he’d be a good fit for a future on the Isles’ fourth line, so maybe that’s the plan there. If you can get a player in the third round, you’re doing pretty well, but I’m not sure if this move was maybe just a little too off the board. We’ll find out in a few years!