The New Jersey Devils today announced that forward Jesper Boqvist has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. Boqvist was New Jersey's second selection, 36th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Boqvist, 20, spent the last two seasons, 2017-19, in the Swedish Hockey League with Brynas IF. He most recently completed his first full professional season, where he recorded a career-high 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points and 14 penalty minutes in 51 games played. While competing against men full-time for the first time in his career, Boqvist ranked top 20 in the SHL in goals, top 16 in assists and tied for second in points by players under the age of 21. In 98 career SHL games, Boqvist posted 16 goals and 39 assists for 55 points and 20 penalty minutes with a +13 rating. He added one goal and one assist for two points in 20 SHL playoff games.
The 6-0, 180lb., native of Falun, Sweden, won a Silver Medal with Sweden in the 2016 Under-18 World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, ND with current Devils' winger Jesper Bratt. Boqvist notched two goals and one assist in seven games played. He also captured another Silver Medal in the 2018 Under-20 World Junior Championship, with recently signed Devils' prospect Fabian Zetterlund. He recorded one goal and finished with a +3 rating in six games played. Boqvist's younger brother, Adam, was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft.