Alex Nunn at Pro Hockey News reports that Rangers prospect Oscar Lindberg was named MVP of the Swedish Elite League playoffs as his team, Skellefteå, won the championship last night.
In 13 playoff games, Lindberg had 4g, 8a.
...the CT Whale have just two games remaining in their season and they're currently holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot for dear life, so hopefully they can hang on allowing the Rangers to bring Lindberg across the pond to get some North American games under his belt before training camp in September.
...kid looks like a stud, but as always, I'll caution not to get overly excited about a young player coming over from Europe. The transition isn't always easy or immediate.
...this season has been a step back for the Rangers, but seeing a kid like Lindberg coming through the pipeline has me convinced the future of this franchise is still very bright.
It would be great if Oscar Lindberg could play in the playoffs this year for the Rangers.Other players have gone direct from the SEL to NHL w/o a problem and he could be possibly helpful on face-offs. According to http://www.hockeyligan.se/blog/5/ He was a key all around player for the Swedish champs, creative and skilled, scoring goals and creating opportunities.
Lindberg, Fasth, Miller, Kreider, St Croix... Good forward depth... On Defense, Skjej and Mcilrath... Gee, DZ, Staal, McD, Stralman and Moore all pretty much in their prime. We have a good solid nucleus, 15 mill in cap space, cap going up soon, we can extend our core guys, alot of these dudes will have entry level deals as well which will help. Richards needs to be bought out I dont care if he has a monstrous season next year. Make a run at Malkin, deliver the cup for the next 5 years.
Could turn out to be one of the Rangers' great trades swapping Ethan Werek straight up for Lindberg. Werek has been a total bust.
@cb1 And that's in a league much better than the AHL. In Sweden they only count primary assists u don't get points for a secondary assist so he was a direct result of 44 goals in 58 games against men. Solid two way player. Stepan, brassard Lindbergh that's some good young players up the middle. Writing is on the wall with richards.
@Lordstanleybroadway @edvinlofgren So you finally believe me regarding the assits? ;)Haven't watched Fasth at all this season, don't really have a good grip on him. Lindberg plays in my home town team, and is a solid two way center. Has had an tremendous development from last season (when everybody thought he would get his break through). He is strong on the puck, skates well and have good vision. Have been great offensively (lot of PP-time). Would guess that he could be a great 3-line center here. He has an offensively upside thou, and if everything works out for him he could be a 50 point guy in the NHL. But like Kevin says, you just never know how players from europe will adapt to the style you play in NA. Its almost a different game.