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.

Buzz: Glen Sather Is Interested In Maybe Having Jesper Fasth and Oscar Lindberg This Season

7:01AM: According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers will take a look at bringing over Swedish prospects Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth when their season’s in the Swedish Elite League end.

Both Lindberg and Fasth are under contract and Sather told Brooks, “I really like those two kids. It could be interesting.’’

The regular season ends next week in the SEL and the playoffs would end in the middle of April if they went to the championship.

Lindberg has 16 goals and 23 assists in 52 games.

Fasth has 18 goals and 16 assists in 44 games.

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Read: Oscar Lindberg’s Spot In The Rangers Future

Lindberg is expected to come to North America this fall.

READ MORE on Lindberg, including an interview that Alex did with him, HERE.

He has 14 goals and 20 assists in 41 games in the SEL t0 rank fifth in the league in scoring.