The Devils inked one of their top forward prospects on Monday, signing Jesper Boqvist to a three-year entry-level contract. New Jersey’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft has been a heralded player throughout his time in the Swedish Hockey League.
The next step for the 20-year-old is to come stateside. Boqvist finished a standout career for Brynäs, the same club that produced NHL players Nicklas Backstrom, Jakob Silfverberg and Elias Lindholm, with 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points) in 51 games. The smooth-skating center also spent time with the Swedish national team during training camp ahead of the IIHF World Championships but was ultimately cut.