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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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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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.
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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Lindberg is expected to come to North America this fall.
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He has 14 goals and 20 assists in 41 games in the SEL t0 rank fifth in the league in scoring.
According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, since Mats Zuccarello, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth are on the Rangers reserve list, they can play for the team following the end of their respective seasons in Europe.
Zuccarello would need to sign a contract but would not have to clear waivers to play for the Rangers.
Lindberg and Fasth signed contracts last spring.
In the KHL this season, Zuccarello has nine goals and 15 assists in 35 games.
Zuccarello signed a two-year deal in the KHL but the Rangers retained his contractual rights.
At Hockey’s Future, Oscar Lindberg is praised as being one of the better prospects playing in the European Pro Leagues.
Lindberg has had a big offensive year with 10 goals and 16 assists and they say that the scoring is not coming at the expense of his defense and two-way game “which remains Lindberg’s greatest asset.”
Describing him they write that Lindberg is a “smart two-way player ” that is excellent on faceoffs and should complement the Rangers.
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Adam Rotter: Maybe it is because the team has been so lackluster in previous years, but the thing that really draws me to Lindberg is his ability on faceoffs.