READ: Oscar Lindberg Wants To Be An Offensive Player

At, newly acquired center Oscar Lindberg is the focus of the latest “20 Prospects in 20 Days” feature.

The Rangers acquired Lindberg for Ethan Werek on May 8th.

Lindberg says that he hopes to have an expanded role this season playing in Sweden:

“I would say I’m a two-way center who likes to play in the offensive zone, but I have also developed my defensive game,” Lindberg said when asked to describe himself. “Hopefully, I will have a bigger role on the Skelleftea team this year and hope to play on the power play and stuff like that. I would like to be more of an offensive player, but right now I’d call myself a two-way center.”

Read what Anders Hedberg had to say about Lindberg, here.

He is a faceoff machine, which is awesome because the Rangers need someone who can win faceoffs. I like that he considers himself a two-way center and that is important and will help him succeed when he comes over the North America. He should get the chance to play in Sweden and develop on his own and then come over and see what kind of role he can take in the organization.

READ: Anders Hedberg On Oscar Lindberg

At Blueshirts United, Rangers Head European scout Anders Hedberg spoke about recently acquired center Oscar Lindberg.

Hedberg believes that Lindberg will play at least one more year, maybe two, in seasons in Sweden before coming to North America.

He says that Lindberg is still growing as a player but that he good hands and knows how to play at both ends of the ice.

I am intrigued by him, but more than that, I trust the Rangers scouting staff. He is playing regularly in a mens league at 19 years old and while the style of play and the ice rink is different from North America, that is still good experience to have.

Houses Of Hockey: Ethan Werek or Oscar Lindberg?

>Lindberg seems to be a faceoff wizard and that is enough for me to sway this deal in the Rangers favor. That and the fact that the Rangers didn’t like Werek enough to sign him. Lindberg is playing against men, and stats don’t tell the whole story of a player. Just because he had low numbers, while playing limited minutes, doesn’t mean he won’t be a productive player in the future.

NEWS: Rangers Trade Ethan Werek To Phoenix For Oscar Lindberg

The Rangers have announced that they have traded 2009 second round pick Ethan Werek to the Phoenix Coyotes for Oscar Lindberg.

Lindberg was selected 57th overall in 2010 by Phoenix. He has played in the Swedish Elite League the past two seasons.

He had 5 goals and 9 assists in 41 games this past season.

Lindberg is 6-0, 185 lbs. He was the 10th ranked Coyotes prospect by Hockey’s Future.

He led the Swedish junior league in faceoff percentage for two seasons by winning over 60%. His mother’s cousin is former Ranger Jan Erixon.

I guess the Rangers didn’t want to sign Werek and instead sent him to Phoenix, who else, and got a player who they could keep in Sweden for a while.

After being drafted by Phoenix, Hockey’s Future wrote:

Lindberg provides good size and strength down the middle and is an effective two-way center. Like many Swedish forwards he is extremely reliable in his own zone and is even more reliable in the face-off circle, winning 60 percent of his draws last year.

HF wrote in the spring that Lindberg had good instincts with the puck and is a smart playmaker on the perimeter.

To read more of this story, click here