2009-10: Ludvig Bystrom played for the MoDo U18 and U16 teams and competed for Angermanland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school-age players. In ten games with MoDo’s U18 team he was plus-five with no points or penalties. He had an assist and was -4 in five playoff games. In 14 Elit U18 games he had 4 goals with 6 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist in 3 games for MoDo U16 and in eight games in the TV-Pucken tournament he had 3 assists with 10 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Bystrom dressed in one game for Modo in Elitserien – spending most of the season with the club’s U20 and U18 squads. Playing with his older brother Anton, a forward who was the third-leading scorer for the MoDo U20 team, he scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was plus-one with 28 penalty minutes. In six playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes. In nine U18 games he scored 1 goal with 5 assists.
2011-12: Bystrom played 20 Elitserien games with MoDo and represented Sweden at the World Junior A Challenge and the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. Averaging six minutes of ice time during his time with MODO, Bystrom had 1 assist and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes for the eighth-place club. He was scoreless in one playoff game. In 34 games for MoDo U20 he scored 7 goals with 22 assists and was plus-two with 101 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 in eight playoff games. In four games at the World Junior A Challenge he had 1 assist. He played in six games for Sweden at the U18 WJC and was -1 with 1 assist as the team won a silver medal. Bystrom was ranked eighth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Bystrom signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Dallas in July 2012 before returning to Sweden during the NHL lockout to play for MODO in the SHL. He also played in nine games with Orebro in the Sweden second league. Bystrom played for Sweden’s U19 and U20 teams though he was not selected to play in the World Junior Championship. In limited ice time with seventh-place MODO he scored 3 goals with 3 assists in 30 games and was+7 with 2 penalty minutes. MODO lost to Farjestads in a first round playoff series but Bystrom did not see any action. In nine games with Orebro he was +2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. In international play he scored 1 goal in four games with the Sweden’s U19 team and had 2 assists in eight games for the U20 team.
2013-14: Bystrom skated in Sweden on loan to Farjestads from Dallas in his second pro season. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 24 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games; averaging 15:21 minutes of ice time per game. Farjestads, after finishing fifth in the regular season, reached the SHL Finals against first-place Skelleftea. Bystrom was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He skated for Farjestads’ silver medal-winning U20 team in the playoffs and was +8 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in four games.
Bystrom is a smooth skater with very good agility and recovery ability, He has good offensive tools and is a quality puck-mover in the transition game and on the power play. He carries the puck and joins the rush with confidence at lower levels but will need to be more consistent at the pro level. Bystrom is still learning the defensive side of things and is susceptible to chasing the puck around and getting lost. He can make and take some physical hits but physically he’s a work in progress as he lacks pro strength. At times he is undisciplined and takes retaliatory penalties. Bystrom is a raw player with a good amount of upside.
Bystrom gave Stars fans in North America a glimpse of his ability while skating for the Dallas entry in the annual Traverse City rookie tournament before returning to Sweden to skate for Farjestad in 2014-15. After briefly being loaned to AllSvenskan club Timra he is back in the SHL and has seen steady ice time. As with many 20-year-olds in their first pro season he has had up and downs on a Farjestad team that has struggled to stay above .500 and is competing for one of the final playoff spots. His skating and technical skill are first rate and suggest he can be an effective two-way defenseman with an offensive component to his game at the NHL level. To reach that level he will have to continue to add some bulk and strength and refine the other areas of his game.