Magnus Nygren
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Magnus Nygren

Hometown:

Karlstad Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (113th overall), 2011

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: After spending two seasons with Farjestad’s midget program, Magnus Nygren played for the lower division Skare BK men’s club in his hometown of Karlstad. In 41 games, he scored 7 goals with 21 assists and had 32 PMs. In two games with Skare BK’s U-20 squad, Nygren scored 2 goals with 3 assists.

2009-10: Nygren made his Elitserien debut, appearing in nine games with Farjestad (no points, 4 PMs) and split his season between Mora (Allsvenskan) and Skare BK. In 21 games with Mora, which finished seventh in the 14-team second division, Nygren scored 2 goals with 5 assists and had 10 PMs. In 24 games with Skare BK, Nygren scored 9 goals with 18 assists and had 10 PMs. Nygren was eligible for the 2010 NHL Draft but was not ranked among European skaters by Central Scouting and was not selected.

2010-11: Prior to the season, few observers could have predicted that Nygren would play an integral role in Farjestad’s Swedish Elite league championship and later be selected in the NHL draft. Nygren split the regular season between Farjestad and Bofors (Allsvenskan) increasing his offensive output and proving a dangerous threat on the Farjestad power play – particularly in the playoffs. In 22 Elitserien regular season games, Nygren scored 4 goals (3 on the power play) with 11 assists and was -2 with 4 PMs. In the Elitserien playoffs, Nygren scored two of his three goals on the power play and added 7 assists; finishing with a +7 plus-minus in 14 games. In fact, his numbers at the Elitserien level were even better than his output with Bofors in Allsvenskan, where he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was an even plus-minus in 35 games. Once again unranked among the top European skaters by Central Scouting prior to the draft, Nygren was selected by Montreal in the 4th round (113th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Nygren played all but three games for the Färjestads BK (SEL) where he scored seven goals along with 11 assists and a minus 10 rating in 50 games. The offensively talented defenseman runs the power play for his team and has worked this season to play better defensively. Nygren contributed two goals for Färjestads BK in the Swedish Elite league Playoffs. The offensive defenseman wasn’t able produce points on the power play similar to last season’s playoffs totals.

2012-13: Nygren was the second-leading scorer among defensemen for Farjestads in Sweden behind long-time AHL veteran Chris Lee. He scored 12 goals with 29 assists in 54 games and was +20 with 30 penalty minutes. Farjestad finished second in the Elitserien and reached the playoff semifinals. Nygren scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with Montreal in May of 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Nygren is a right handed shooter for the power play with an excellent shot that gets through traffic and hits the net a large percentage of the time. He has good mobility and offensive skills but has become more than just a power play specialist with his improved defensive positioning and the reduction of high risk plays in his end of the rink. He still needs to work on not over pursuing the puck carrier and his net front coverage to play at the NHL level.

Future

Nygren will compete for a position on the Canadiens' defense group out of training camp but could be sent to Hamilton or back the SHL for another year. He possesses the offensive game but needs to be better defensively in order to stick with the NHL club. This is an important year for the Swede.

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