Nils Lundkvist Will Miss Remainder of IIHF World Championship
Nils Lundkvist is done at the 2021 IIHF World Championship after suffering an injury.
Tre Kronors lagläkare Jonas Kalman kommenterar:— Tre Kronor (@Trekronorse) May 26, 2021
”Efter undersökningar idag står det tyvärr klart att Nils Lundkvists skada omöjliggör mer spel under VM. Han kommer att återvända hem till Sverige för mer undersökningar för att kunna säkerställa rätt behandling av skadan.”
Per Twitter’s translate Tweet feature:
Update on Tre Kronor’s World Cup squad: An injury stops Nils Lundkvist from further play in the tournament.
Tre Kronor’s team doctor Jonas Kalman comments: ‘After investigations today, it is unfortunately clear that Nils Lundkvist’s injury makes more games impossible during the World Cup. He will return home to Sweden for more examinations to be able to ensure the correct treatment of the injury.’
Here’s a clip of the play in which Lundkvist favored his right leg, although I’ll note that Team Sweden’s update doesn’t specify what the injury is.
Nils Lundkvist is off to the changeroom after an awkward hit. He's favoring his right leg. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/IqVEiQBCkT— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) May 25, 2021
He left the game after this play.
#NYR prospect Nils Lundkvist is forced out of the World Championships due to a lower-body injury. Left last nights win against Switzerland late in the third period.— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) May 26, 2021
Lundkvist tallied a goal and four assists for five points in the three games he played for Sweden. President and General Manager Chris Drury is high on Lundkvist as a player, and back in March per Vince Mercogliano of USA Today, the plan was for the organization to sign him as soon as possible.
This season was a very strong one for Lundkvist, as he took home the SHL’s Salming Trophy for best Swedish-born defenseman.
Lundkvist led SHL defensemen in goals (14) and power play goals (eight), ranked second in shots on goal (156), and tied for sixth in points (32) this season. His 14 goals in 2020-21 were the most by a defenseman in one season as a U21 player or younger in SHL history. #NYR— NYR Stats & Info (@NYRStatsInfo) April 6, 2021
All we know right now is that Lundkvist is done playing in the tournament, and he is returning to Sweden for further evaluation. Here’s to hoping that after further evaluation that Lundkvist’s injury isn’t a serious one.