Some unfortunate news today for the New York Rangers. Center prospect Karl Henriksson, the team’s 2nd round pick (58th overall) in the 2018 Draft, is being replaced on Team Sweden ahead of the 2021 World Juniors in Edmonton and Red Deer due to a positive COVID-19 test. Per reports, Henriksson was projected to be Sweden’s first line center.
#NYR prospect Karl Henriksson is the next Swede to miss the upcoming World Juniors due to a positive covid-19 test, as reported by @adamjjohansson. Another huge blow to the Swedish team as he was likely going to be the team’s first line center. https://t.co/PrR7kuWY4b— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) December 6, 2020
In 20 games with first-place Frölunda in the SHL this season, Henriksson has zero goals and four assists while averaging 14:00 TOI/GP. This is the first year that the 19-year-old center has spent entirely in the SHL after two years of putting up impressive numbers in J20 SuperElit. Henriksson had a goal and two assists in seven games for Sweden in the 2019 World Juniors, so his absence will definitely be noticed by the Swedes.
Sweden’s first game of the 2021 World Junior Championship is scheduled for Dec. 26 against the Czech Republic.