Which other prospects could one day join Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest of the young Rangers on Broadway?
Blueshirt Bulletin will be tracking the progress of the next wave of youngsters as they compete and develop this season in the Canadian junior leagues, college and abroad.
Below is a compilation of scouting reports, buzz and analysis by scouts and hockey experts on Oscar Lindberg.
We’ll update this as the season unfolds with the latest news at the very bottom of this post.
Drafted: 2010 (2nd round, 57th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes)
WT: 185 lbs
Team: Skelleftea HC, Swedish Elite League
2009-2010 stats: 1g, 1a, 36gp, 35PIM, -7
2010-2011 stats: 5g, 9a, 41gp, 31PIM, -1
2011 World Junior Championships: 2g, 2a, 6gp, 6 PIM, +3
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What they’re saying:
The Scouting Report (5/25/10) – “A prospect who has really made waves as the season has progressed, Lindberg is a dependable player in all three zones and is particularly strong in the face-off circle.”
Todd Woodcroft, European Scout for LA Kings (6/26/10) – “A really sharp player. Very good on both sides of the puck. Brought good energy to that team in the elite league. Strong guy, strong character.”
Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus - “Pro level skater, thinks the game at a solid level, works hard on the ice and has an advanced defensive game. His offensive skills won't exceed average, and physically he has a ways to go. In regards to the trade, he's a much safer pro bet than Werek, but Werek has a tad more upside.”
Elite Hockey Prospects - “A very smart two-way center. Takes care of his defensive responsibilities, but also contributes offensively with good speed, technical skills and playmaking ability. Not an overly physical player, but he gets involved. Pretty good shot, but not a natural scorer. A team player who is good at face-offs.”
Jonathan Willis, The Score (5/9/11) – “Every scouting report on Lindberg should be mandated to start with his faceoff prowess: Lindberg has played three seasons in Swedish junior, and he has led the Swedish junior league in faceoff percentage three times. At his worst, he’s been 60% on the dot. Lindberg’s been getting limited minutes in the Swedish Elite League (averaging 10:53 per night), but still managed a respectable 14 points in 41 games played (and an additional seven in 18 playoff games). His plus/minus was not particularly good this season, but every scouting report I’ve read praises the strength of his two-way game. Additionally, despite questions about his offensive game he’s doing pretty well for a player his age – and he led all Swedish forwards in shots on goal at the last World Juniors (and managed four points and a plus-3 rating with limited ice-time).”
Dan David, ’20 in 20’ Prospects Series (6/16/11) – “He was NHL Central Scouting's No. 7-ranked European skater eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.”
Anders Hedberg, Rangers’ Head Professional Scout-Europe (6/16/11)-- ‘"He is a more, well-rounded player. He works well in the whole area from deep in his own end to deep in the offensive zone.”
Gordie Clark, Rangers’ Director, Player Personnel (6/16/11)-- “At the World Juniors, he played ahead of guys who were drafted as first-rounders because he adjusted to the tournament a lot quicker than they did. That’s what we liked about him, and we were also seeing some really good reports on him throughout the season”…"He didn't have a great draft year production-wise, but we liked him for other stuff he did. He looked like he really knew how to play the defensive part of the game, and he worked hard."
Hockey’s Future (9/27/11) –[Ranked #12 in Top 20 Rangers Prospects list] “Originally selected by Phoenix 57th overall (second round) in the 2010 entry draft, Oscar Lindberg was traded to the Rangers in exchange for Ethan Werek last spring. Currently skating in his third season with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League, Lindberg was recently a teammate of fellow prospect, Tim Erixon. Lindberg participated in Rangers development camp this summer. His on-ice play with Jesper Fasth at that time was very impressive. The forward has an excellent work ethic and plays well in all zones. A true center, with very good on-ice awareness, Lindberg has good playmaking abilities and is a potential second- to third-line player with good face off abilities. He will spend at least this season in Europe prior to playing in North America.”