2021-22 Team: HIFK / Liiga
Date of Birth: Mar. 11, 2004
Place of Birth: Espoo, Finland
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 174 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2022 first-year eligible
For Kasper Lundell, the 2022 NHL Draft is coming at a good time. After dealing with injuries from 2018-2020, Lundell managed to get back on the ice mostly full-time over the last two seasons, putting together great outings along the way. In 2020-21, he posted 26 points in 20 games while playing in the U18 SM-sarja (Finnish U18 Juniors), while in 2021-22, he scored 26 points again in 31 games in the Finnish U20 SM-sarja.
Throughout these seasons, Lundell saw steady growth in his game, and he has started showing the skillset of a solid two-way forward. He sees the ice incredibly well and knows how to keep himself out of trouble while slowing down his opponent’s chances. If he is able to improve his skating, there’s a real chance he could be a shutdown forward at whatever level of hockey he plays.
Related: THW’s 2022 NHL Draft Guide
Unlike his brother Anton Lundell, who was selected 12th overall back in 2020, Kasper isn’t seen to have the highest offensive ceiling, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t potential there. He has a great toolkit, and if he could stay healthy, his development could grow by leaps and bounds every year.
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Kasper Lundell – NHL Draft Projection
While he likely won’t be a top selection at the 2022 Draft, Lundell has the toolkit and ability of a player who will hear their name called. If he were a little bit bigger or had been injury-free throughout his development, he may have been a second or third-round pick.