While most European leagues are already underway, player loans from NHL teams continue. This tie, it’s the Devils getting involved as they announced that they’ve loaned winger Jesper Boqvist to Timra of HockeyAllsvenskan, the second division in Sweden. He will be recalled when NHL training camp begins.
The 21-year-old made his NHL debut this season with New Jersey, getting into 35 games. He played a very limited role during that stint with the majority of his ice time coming on the fourth line and he was limited to just four points (all goals) as a result. Boqvist was more productive with AHL Binghamton, however, as he chipped in with eight goals and three assists in just 19 contests there.
While Boqvist played in the SHL with Brynas as recently as the 2018-19 campaign, that league isn’t taking partial-season loans of players so he had to dip down to the lower level to have a chance to play at home. The opportunity to play what should be a sizable role should be a positive for his development and could give him the upper hand at a regular spot with the Devils once next season gets underway.