Read: Dan Girardi Is A Fan of Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast

Jesper Fast:Oscar LindbergOscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast are both in their first training camps with the Rangers and they were able to make a quick impression on one of the most important and longest tenured Rangers.

Dan Girardi told SNY’s Nick Licalzi on Saturday that he has been impressed with both Fast and Lindberg,

Girardi said, “Jesper is a pretty fast guy, his last name says it. I defended Oscar a couple of times out there and he made a couple of great plays and scored. They are dynamic players and I think they will be fighting for spots.”

Anders Hedberg, the Rangers Head European Scout, described Lindberg and Fast and “solid players” who can skate and think the game the right way.

He said that the two of them should challenge for spots with the Rangers.

Last night against the Flyers:

  • Fast Played 14:15 with 1 shot on goal, one that was blocked, one that missed the net and one takeaway.
  • Lindberg played 15:16 with 2 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot and was 7 and 8 on faceoffs.


Note: Oscar Lindberg Is Impressing People

Oscar LindbergDuring the Traverse City Tournament last week, Oscar Lindberg had five goals, two assists and 12 shots to lead the Rangers and finish second in points for the tournament.

Alain Vigneault, on the second day of training camp, noted that Lindberg’s play in Traverse City and hard work at both ends of the ice caught the eye of many in the organization and that teams need players to surprise during camp, “you need guys that all of a sudden, guys that management doesn’t have in a place on the depth chart, and they step on the ice and they can contribute. We need some surprises. We need guys to push. I have told everyone that they will get a chance and the ones that grab it will get a chance to help the Rangers.”

Vigneault said yesterday, after Lindberg scored, you can tell that he has played with men before. He being a center with the speed and puck protection skill that he has, he is going to get a real solid look. He has impressed myself and the coaching staff but also management since Traverse City.”

Lindberg told the Rangers website that his confidence is pretty good after his year in Sweden and the Traverse City tournament. He added that it was good to have a fun year in Sweden after a “terrible” season a few years ago.

He described his game as a two-way center who can set up plays and works hard.

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Stats: Oscar Lindberg So Far In Traverse City

The Rangers play their third game of the Traverse City tournament tonight against the Blue Jackets.

Rangers center Oscar Lindberg is tied for the tournament lead in scoring with four goals.

  • 3 of his goals have come on the power play
  • Lindberg has 10 shots on goal, second on the team behind Danny Kristo

Danny Kristo told the team’s website that Lindberg “is a smart player and knows how to get open. He finds those soft spots where you can get him the puck. We have some good chemistry right now.”

Lindberg told the team’s website, “It feels good to score some goals…it feels good.”

Adam Rotter: We will have to wait until the preseason to get a real look at Lindberg, but it seems like he is making a good impression in Traverse City. Unlike with Derek Stepan in 2010, who had seven points in Traverse City and won a job in training camp, the Rangers are pretty deep at center this year and Lindberg could be ticketed to Hartford. The injuries to Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, along with a cap hit of $760,000, could see Lindberg start the season with the Rangers if his strong play continues, but it’s expected that he will spend the bulk of the season with the Wolf Pack.

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Read: Ulf Samuelsson On Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg

While coaching in Sweden the past two seasons for MODO, Ulf Samuelsson has gotten to see Rangers prospects Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg as they competed in the Swedish Elite League.

Samuelsson told the Rangers website that he thinks some time in the AHL, to get used to the smaller ice surface, will benefit Fast and Lindberg but he wouldn’t be surprised to see them challenging for roster spots in the near future.

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Read: Looking At Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast

In a chat at the Rangers website, Gordie Clark was asked about Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg and where they are in their development in regards to playing with the Rangers.

He described Lindberg as a two-way center and Fast as a player whose strengths are speed and scoring. Clark said that he thought Lindberg was the best player in development camp last year and isn’t surprised at the strong season he had this year in the SEL.

He said that Lindberg plays a simple game and one that may translate quicker to the NHL than Fast’s.

Clark notes that with the shoulder injuries to Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin that will start the season, Fast will likely be one of the players looked at to step into one of those roles if he is ready.

He said that he watched Fast in March and saw a player who was more aggressive and more physical than he had been previously.

Clark said that both Fast is one of the smoothest skaters he has ever seen and while Fast projects out to be more of a goal scorer he has the ability to use his speed and skating like Hagelin does and get in on the forecheck and disrupt the defense.

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Read: A Report On Oscar Lindberg/The MVP Of The Swedish Elite League Playoffs

Rangers prospect Oscar Lindberg had four goals and eight assists on his way to helping Skellefteå AIK to the Swedish Elite League Championship and playoff MVP.

The SEL website said that it wasn’t just his point production that landed Lindberg the MVP, but his “courageous and hard work ethic all over the ice.”

In the regular season, Lindberg had 17 goals and 25 assists. He had five power play goals and four game winning goals.

Lindberg was ranked 9th in the Rangers prospect rankings by Hockey’s Future and Leslie Treff wrote that Lindberg is good on faceoffs and projects to be a two-way forward focusing more on defense, but also with some offensive upside.

Jeremy Darke, who follows the Swedish Elite League, writes that Lindberg will “be a great addition to any team he plays with.” He says that Lindberg is a “real talent” who works well in the corners, wins puck battles and is able to use his skill and vision to create scoring chances.

Jeremy also noted that Lindberg is strong defensively, sometimes takes penalties but was 56.9% on faceoffs this season.

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Read: Could Oscar Lindberg Be An Answer?

At Newsday, Steve Zipay thinks that Oscar Lindberg would be a good in-house solution for the Rangers lack of depth at center.

Lindberg is signed to a contract already but won’t be able to come to North America until his playoffs in Sweden end.

His team, Skellefteå is in the semi-finals in the SEL playoffs. He had 17 goals and 25 assists this season in the SEL and has one goal and five assists in four playoff games.

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Lindberg could be stopped from coming over by the same people who may stop Jesper Fast.