The LA Kings announced this afternoon that defenseman Tobias Bjornfot has been loaned to Djurgardens (SHL) to begin the 2020-21 season.
To add a bit of context, this is a move from the Kings to get Bjornfot into on-ice action during training camp with Djurgardens, as well as game action in the SHL before the start of the 2020-21 North American season. The SHL is currently slated to begin its 2020-21 season on September 19. This allows for Bjornfot to get back into playing games, in one of the world’s top leagues, while training at a high level in advance of Kings training camp.
The plan from there would be for the Kings to recall Bjornfot to NHL training camp when the time comes.
Bjornfot, 19, made his NHL debut with the Kings last season and was scoreless in three games before being assigned to Ontario. In 44 games with the Reign, the 6-0, 195-pound defenseman registered 19 points (6-13=19) and led the team with a plus-13 rating. The native of Upplands Vasby, Sweden was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Read more on Bjornfot’s 2019-20 season with the Reign here.