Read: Oscar Lindberg Relishing Offensive Opportunity

Alex Nunn

Oscar LindbergOscar Lindberg is far more than just a defense-first two-way forward, and he’s pleased to have the opportunity to show it this year.

I spoke with Lindberg earlier in the year about his excellent start to the season on the offensive side of the puck and the opportunities afforded him by Skelleftea coach Anders Forsberg this year.

“It’s fun to get the trust of the coaches and to get so much ice time when there are players who are injured. There is more responsibility, but I think I have handled it in a good way.”

Lindberg has spent time jumping between lines this season based on club need and body count, but he’s pleased with his contribution at both ends of the ice.

“I have played on various lines this season. Often I have played with Joakim Lindstrom and Jimmie Ericsson, and I think it has worked well. We have contributed much offensively.”

I asked Lindberg about another young Swede bound for New York in the near future. HV71’s Jesper Fasth, like Lindberg, signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers this summer, and I was curious to know if the two had spoken about the future at all.

“We have not talked a lot about what next year will be like, but it’s obviously nice to  have another Swede in the same situation as myself. It will help a lot when I move over to the US.”

Blueshirt fans should be excited by Lindberg’s progress this season, but, after back-to-back playoff final defeats in Sweden, his sole focus at this point is on league glory with SAIK.

“I have not really thought very much about next year yet. All my focus right now is on Skelleftea, then we will see what happens next year.”

In an interview with Blueshirts United Gordie Clark said that Lindberg has been the Rangers prospect who has improved the most. Clark said that Lindberg was always a good defensive player but the offense he has added this season has turned him into a solid two-way player.

He has 10 goals and 16 assists this season and is tied for sixth in the SEL. Prior to this year he never had more than five goals in a season and 14 total points.

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