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.