Lukas Bengtsson

by Mark Allan on September 28, 2017

 

Lukas Bengtsson, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 172

Born:  1994-04-14

Hometown:  Stockholm, SWE

Drafted: Undrafted, signed as free agent April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 – The young Swede has more to prove than many of the other 20 players assigned en masse to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Diagnosed with a painful, exhausting condition called POTS Syndrome, he has to prove he can play effectively in the AHL in spite of the symptoms. The mass demotions leave 26 players in training camp before final cuts. Mark Allan 

 

April 2017 - A mysterious ailment previously diagnosed as Lyme Disease and since identified as POTS Syndrome has put Bengtsson’s hockey career on hold. The Swedish blueliner managed to play in just 16 AHL games in his North American debut, registering a goal and five assists. The stats aren’t as impressive as the fact the small yet highly skilled player managed to play at all. After a three-minute cycling drill at Pittsburgh’s main training camp, he would lie on the floor for more than half an hour with dreadful pain in his legs. Tests at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic revealed POTS, a rare and complex ailment that Bengtsson believes has caused excessive weariness for several years. Mark Allan

February 2017 – Using his superior skating and smarts, Bengtsson is establishing a defense-first reputation in his AHL debut with a plus-14 rating in games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. A goal and five assists is decent offensive production for a Swede who is new to the North American game. Having apparently put Lyme Disease behind him, Bengtsson has a promising pro career ahead. The only thing that might keep him out of the NHL is his slight physique. Adding strength is a must. Mark Allan

November 2016 – The Swedish defenseman recorded his first North American point, an assist in a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It was the fourth AHL game for the dynamic if undersized blueliner since suffering a rumored case of Lyme disease. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Although he played well in a September prospects tournament, the dynamic offensive defenseman has not been in an NHL or AHL game yet this season because he reportedly has Lyme Disease, which humans acquire by being bitten by infected black-legged ticks. Symptoms typically include fatigue, fever, headache and a skin rash. If untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. The Swede clearly has to be healthy before he pursues his dream of playing in the NHL. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The undersized but skilled Swedish blueliner is expected to cross the Atlantic and play for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL He is also expected to demonstrate outstanding skating, which includes above-average agility and acceleration. Good at moving the puck up ice, Bengtsson's hot one-timer and hockey IQ make him a power-play asset. He's able to get back in time after an offensive foray, but he should add some muscle because life is hard in the NHL for 172-pound defensemen. Mark Allan 

April 2016 – In a low-risk, high-payoff move, Pittsburgh signed the undersized but skilled blueliner to a two-year, entry-level contract. Before registering seven goals and seven assists this season in 30 games with Frölunda HC at the highest tier of Swedish hockey (adding seven points in 12 post-season games), the Stockholm native played the previous campaign one level below as an assistant captain with Mora IK in the popular Allsvenskan league. He parlayed dynamic skating, offensive creativity and a superior one-timer into eight goals and 31 points in 43 games.

Blessed with an array of point-producing skills, the 22-year-old is adept at rushing the puck up ice, and excels with a man advantage. He also is defensively responsible. Mark Allan

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Oozing speed and skill, the young defenseman is off to a promising start in the AHL. His lack of size and strength is all that's between him and the NHL.

 

Footage:

Bengtsson scores for Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League with a scorching off-wing one-timer:

 

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