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Getting to Know: LA Kings No. 22 Draft Pick Tobias Bjornfot

The steady Swedish defenseman has never been to California but can't wait to get started with the Kings

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The LA Kings selected Swedish defenseman Tobias Bjornfot with the 22nd overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Bjornfot, who is well known internationally, captained Sweden to the gold medal at the U-18 Championship earlier this year. 

"He's a d-man who's a strong skater and doesn't make a lot of mistakes," Kings Head European Scout Christian Ruuttu said. "He's a leader. He just makes things happen and makes everybody around him better."

Video: Kings draft D Tobias Bjornfot No. 22

Bjornfot, who looks up to Nicklas Lidstrom, is a steady defenseman known to be a strong passer and stickhandler. Although he's not known for contributing to the scoresheet, Bjornfot is a strong leader and plays a regular role on the penalty kill.

"It's a great organization, a hockey market, and a great city too," Bjornfot said to LA Kings Insider. "They have Adrian Kempe and Carl Grundstrom too - and I think I can bring my leadership and my defensive game to the club."

Though he's never been to LA, we have a feeling he's going to feel right at home. And having a few Swedes on the roster can't hurt either.

The Fast Facts:

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Left

Birthday: April 6, 2001

Height and weight: 6'0" and 203 pounds

Hometown: Upplands Vasby, Sweden

Favorite hockey memory: Winning a U18 Gold Medal

Favorite place to travel to: Spain

Most looking forward to about being in LA: Meeting everyone in the organization

Favorite artist/song: ABBA

Person you admire most: Dad

Who would play you in a movie: Kempe

Favorite Kings player: Adrian Kempe

Hidden talent: Golf

Favorite podcast: Spittin' Chiclets 

Last meal would be: Tacos

Would most like to have dinner with: Börje Salming

Favorite holiday: Christmas

Most used emoji: 🔥

Biggest obsession: YouTube

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