Why Oscar Lindberg Is Having A Strong Start

Alex Nunn

Through 16 games, Oscar Lindberg is tied for third in the Swedish Elite League with 8 goals and 9 assists.

Three of his goals have come on the power play and two have been game winners.

In speaking with Lindberg, he cited filling out his body more as a reason why he has had such a hot start, “It probably depends on several things, I have improved physically and I have also had a major role on the team. I got a good start this year and it has continued.”

As of yesterday Lindberg led the entire Swedish Elite League in shots with 58 and says that he hasn’t really changed his approach other than trying to get better “if you shoot a lot the chances are bigger that you make goals. My shots are something that I try to improve all the time in practice.”

Lindberg added that he enjoyed being being known as a strong two-way forward who is strong in the faceoff circle, but also understands that he has more to give on offense, “Obviously I want to develop my offensive game further. That’s something I feel I have lost a bit in recent years as I have been playing in a more defensive role. It’s fun to help with the offense.”

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Read: Oscar Lindberg’s Prospect Preview

Mike S.

In May of 2011, the New York Rangers obtained Oscar Lindberg from the Phoenix Coyotes for Ethan Werek.

Lindberg was a second round pick of the Coyotes in 2010.

Regarded mostly as a defensive forward early in his career, the 19 year old has slowly developed into a solid two-way player by becoming more involved offensively.

Hockey Prospectus: Already a Pro Level skater, thinks the game at a solid level, works hard on the ice and has an advanced defensive game. His offensive skills won’t exceed average, and physically he needs to get a little stronger. Otherwise, Lindberg is a dependable player in all three zones and is particularly strong in the face-off circle.

Lindberg has one goal and three assists in four games in the SEL so far this season.

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NEWS: The Rangers Have Signed Oscar Lindberg

Update: Cap Geek says that Lindberg’s cap hit would be $675,000.

The Rangers have announced that they have signed center Oscar Lindberg to an entry-level deal.

The Rangers acquired Lindberg last year from Phoenix for Ethan Werek.

Lindberg was a second round pick in 2010. His second cousin is the Rangers Tim Erixon.

He is reportedly excellent on faceoffs.

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Note: The Rangers Need To Sign Jesper Fasth and Oscar Lindberg To Keep Their Rights

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that the Rangers need to sign 2010 sixth round pick Jesper Fasth to an entry-level contract to be able to keep his rights.

Treff writes that the Rangers need to offer Fasth a contract in the next two months, “What that will involve is likely giving Fasth a bonus while having him play in Europe for another season, with no assurance that he will play for the Rangers in the fall of 2013. Although that is a big risk, it is expected that New York will do just that, as Fasth has excellent offensive upside.”

Treff writes that Oscar Lindberg, acquired for Ethan Werek last spring, is in the same situation as Fasth.

On Lindberg, Treff writes, “according to the Rangers, the experience Lindberg is getting is excellent, and his development is on target. Projected to be a second- to third-line player in the NHL, the Rangers are looking for Lindberg to develop into a mostly defensive forward.”

Treff writes that Lindberg could play next season with the Whale.

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Stats: How Evgeny Grachev and Ethan Werek Are Doing

This past offseason, the Rangers traded Ethan Werek to Phoenix for Oscar Lindberg and Evgeny Grachev to the St. Louis Blues for the 72nd pick in the draft. The Rangers used that pick to select Steven Fogarty.

Grachev has played 10 games for the Blues and picked up 1 assist while averaging 9:25 per game. He has five shots in ten games.

In the BCHL, Fogarty, who will play at Notre Dame next season has:

Werek is playing for the Portland Pirates in the AHL this season. He has three assists in eight games.

Playing in the Swedish league, Lindberg, a 2010 second round pick of Phoenix has:

The Skellefet Website says that Lindberg “Have a good game inside and is a skilled two-way center. Is also a good skater and playmaker who can carry and pass the puck at high speed.”

I wanted to see his faceoff stats, since he is a wizard at them, but I struck out looking for them.

I am rooting for Grachev to succeed, Werek less so, but like the potential that Fogarty could bring down the line and Lindberg too even if he is a defensive center who is just Tim Erixon’s buddy and cousin.

READ: Oscar Lindberg Wants To Be An Offensive Player

At NYRangers.com, 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.

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