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Rangers Swap Former Second Rounders With Coyotes
NY picks up Oscar Lindberg in exchange for Ethan Werek

Oscar Lindberg

Oscar Lindberg

The New York Rangers have completed yet another trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

This time, the Blueshirts acquired 19-year-old forward Oscar Lindberg in exchange for fellow 19-year-old Ethan Werek.

Lindberg was the 52nd pick in the 2010 draft, just a year after the Rangers took Werek five selections earlier at #47.

Werek put up decent totals (24 goals and 28 assists in 47 games) this season in the OHL, but he suffered with injuries and reportedly fell out of favor with the organization.  The Rangers faced the decision whether to offer Werek an entry level deal, and apparently they were not prepared to do so.

Lindberg stands at 6-1, 190, but has yet to come over to North America.  He put together decent totals in the Swedish Elite League this year, playing 41 games for Skelleftea and tallying five goals and nine assists.  He also added three goals and four assists in 18 playoff contests. 

Also of note, Lindberg has been the best faceoff man in his league for three years running. That’s an area the Rangers have struggled in mightily.

Werek was the #6 prospect for the Rangers according to The Hockey News: Future Watch.  Lindberg was not ranked in the Coyotes' top 10.

Jess Rubenstein believes that Werek cost himself a spot with the Rangers because he had a bad training camp and didn’t communicate well with the organization about his injury this year.  He believes Werek is far away from an NHL career because of his suspect knee and because he has maturing to do.

Dave Shapiro at BlueSeatBlogs thinks the Rangers may have made the move because Lindberg doesn’t require an entry level deal whereas Werek does, so the Rangers are able to stay under the 50 contract limit by making the move.

Shapiro also writes that Lindberg is much more of a sure think to make it to the NHL than Werek, though it may be in a defensive role.

Lindberg is likely AHL bound next season.  

Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 8, 2011 at 07:33 pm

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