Lukas Bengtsson

Hometown:

Huddinge Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-04-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Lukas Bengtsson played for the Mora IK U18 team in Sweden. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games and had no points nor penalties in three games during the Elit playoffs. 

2011-12: Bengtsson made his debut at the men’s level in Sweden, playing three games for Mora IK in Allsvenskan. He also skated for the club’s U20 and U18 teams. He had no points nor penalties in Alssvenksan play. Bengtsson scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -4 with 37 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games in SuperElit U20 play. Mora IK played in the relegation group and Bengtsson was +3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in two relegation games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 in nine games for Mora IK’s U18 team. 

2012-13: Bengtsson split the season between Allsvenskan and the U20 SuperElit league. In 22 games for the Mora IK men’s team he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -10 with 2 penalty minutes. Bengtsson scored 4 goals with 14 assists and was -2 with 18 penalty minutes in 32 SuperElit regular season games. He had 2 assists and was +4 in two relegation games.  

2013-14: Bengtsson was the third-leading scorer amongst Allsvenskan defensemen skating for Mora IK and played for Sweden in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 13 goals with 20 assists and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games. Mora IK finished sixth, and was last in the four-team playoff round. Bengtsson was +1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in two playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 in seven games for the silver medal-winning Sweden U20 team. The host team, Sweden lost to rival Finland, 3-2 in overtime, in the gold medal game. 

2014-15: Bengtsson made his SHL debut in the playoffs, joining Frolunda after skating in Allsvenskan with Mora IK. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 13 minutes of ice time in nine games with Frolunda. The fourth-leading scorer amongst Allsvenskan defensemen, Bengtsson scored 8 goals with 23 assists in 43 regular season games and was +10 with 14 penalty minutes for seventh-place Mora IK. He was +4 with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games in the playoff round. 

2015-16: Bengtsson skated for SHL champion Frolunda, signing a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in April 2016 following the SHL playoffs. He scored 7 goals with 7 assists and was +17 with 12 penalty minutes in 30 regular games as Frolunda finished second to Skelleftea. The Indians defeated Skelleftea in the playoff finals. Bengtsson scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +7 in 12 playoff games, averaging 20 minutes of ice time. 

Talent Analysis

Bengtsson is a smooth-skating defenseman who likes to move the puck and create opportunities on the fly. He has a quick release from the point and is particularly valuable on the power play. Bengtsson can be overmatched at times in one-on-one battles. He uses his quickness and hockey instincts to avoid difficult situations.

Future

Bengtsson enjoyed a successful first season in the SHL in 2015-16, playing a key role for league champion Frolunda as a 21-year-old. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Penguins in 2015-16 and will attend his first training camp with Pittsburgh in 2016-17. Barring any surprises or injuries he will start the year with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Bengtsson projects as a puck moving, skating defenseman who can contribute on the power play.

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