The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Karl Henriksson on an entry-level contract.
Henriksson, 20, skated in 44 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He was one of only 13 junior (U20) players in the SHL (and one of only eight junior forwards) who registered at least six assists and at least seven points this season. Henriksson's 12:34 average ice time per game in 2020-21 was the fifth-most among junior forwards in the SHL during the season. He also skated in four playoff games with Frolunda this season.
The 5-9, 176-pounder has skated in 54 career SHL games over parts of three seasons (2018-19 - 2020-21), registering one goal and seven assists for eight points. In 2019-20, Henriksson tallied 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) and posted a plus-12 rating in 27 games with Frolunda's J20 team in SuperElit; he tied for third in the league in assists and ranked sixth in the league (min. 20 games played) in points per game (1.52) last season. Henriksson helped Frolunda win the Champions Hockey League tournament during the 2019-20 season. Internationally, the Malmo, Sweden native has represented his country in several tournaments. Henriksson helped Sweden win a bronze medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, and a silver medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Henriksson was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.