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Tobias Björnfot Selected No. 22 Overall by LA Kings at 2019 NHL Draft

The 6-foot, 205-pound Swedish defenseman was named Best Defenseman in Sweden's Junior League

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings selected defenseman Tobias Bjornfot with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. 

Bjornfot, 18, is a 6-foot, 205-pounder out of Sweden. He spent most of this past season in Sweden's Under-20 League and was named the Best Defenseman in Sweden's Junior League after registering 22 points (11-11=22) in 39 games. He also played in seven games with Djurgardens.

Bjornfot also was the captain of Sweden's Under-18 squad which captured a gold medal this year.

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"He is a two-way, strong skating defender," said Christian Ruuttu, the club's Head European Scout.  

"He can play the power-play and penalty-kill and is a leader on his team highlighted by the gold medal this past spring, the first gold medal Sweden has won in the Under-18 Worlds. Each player we talked to talked about Tobias was him being a leader on their team. He is a special character player as well."

Earlier tonight the Kings chose center Alex Turcotte 5th overall. All subsequent rounds - rounds 2 through 7 - take place tomorrow, Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast on NHL Network.

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