Charlie Lindgren


Lakeville Minnesota

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Signed as free agent, April 2016


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2009-10: Charlie Lindgren played in 19 games for Minnesota’s Lakeville North HS as a 10th grader. He was 6-8-2 with a 3.00 goals against and .894 save percentage. He played some of his best hockey in the Section 1AA playoffs, stopping 26 shots in a 5-0 win over Lakeville South to reach the Minnesota state tournament. He was selected by the Chicago Steel in the sixth round (79th overall) in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft. 

2010-11: Lindgren played for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League in the fall before returning to Lakeville North for his junior season. He had a 3.12 goals against and .913 save percentage in 13 games for Team Southeast. Lindgren played 24 games for Lakeville North as the Panthers reached the Minnesota State 1AA tournament for the second straight season. He was 13-10-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.81 goals against and .915 save percentage. 

2011-12: Lindgren played for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede as a 17-year-old, foregoing his senior season at Lakeville North. Appearing in a team-high 33 games while sharing the goaltending with college-bound goalies Stephon Williams (Minnesota-Mankato) and Jay Williams (Miami University), he was 9-19-3 and had a 3.33 goals against and .907 save percentage. The Stampede finished eighth in the Western Division, missing the USHL playoffs. 

2012-13: Lindgren played in 52 of 64 regular season games for the much-improved Sioux Falls Stampede in his second USHL season. He was selected to play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game and committed to playing college hockey at St. Cloud State University in 2013-14. Lindgren was 35-14-2 with two shutouts and had a 2.80 goals against and .900 save percentage. Sioux Falls finished first in the Western Division, falling to second-place Fargo in the conference finals. Lindgren was 5-5 with one shutout in 10 playoff games and had a 2.52 goals against and .921 save percentage. Lindgren was ranked 19th amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

2013-14: Lindgren appeared in 10 games as a backup to junior Ryan Faragher in his freshman season at St. Cloud State. He was 2-2-1 with one shutout and had a 2.42 goals against and .905 save percentage. The Huskies captured the first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season title and reached the finals of the NCAA West Regional. After being swept by Miami in a two-game NCHA quarterfinal series, St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinal before falling to Minnesota, 4-0.

2014-15: Lindgren took over as the starting goalie for St. Cloud State in his sophomore season, appearing in 38 of 40 games for the Huskies. He was 19-18-1 with two shutouts and had a 2.26 goals against and .919 save percentage. The Huskies finished sixth in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the regular season — receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a 3-2 loss to Miami in the NCHC championship game. St. Cloud State defeated Michigan Tech, 3-2 in overtime, in the West regional before falling 4-1 to North Dakota in the regional final.

2015-16: Lindgren made his first NHL start with the Montreal Canadiens in an April 7th game against Carolina after signing a two-year entry-level contract with Montreal following his junior season at St. Cloud State. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in a 4-2 victory in his only NHL appearance. Lindgren played in 40 of 41 games for St. Cloud State in his final season of college hockey. He was 30-9-1 with five shutouts and had a 2.13 goals against and .925 save percentage. The Huskies were one of the top teams in college hockey, finishing tied for second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference before winning the conference tournament, defeating Minnesota-Duluth, 3-1, in the NCHC championship game. St. Cloud State was upset by Ferris State, 5-4, in the NCAA West Region semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Lindgren is a right-hand catching goalie who has flown under the radar despite success at both the junior and college levels. An athletic goaltender who fills the net with his frame, he moves quickly from side-to-side but the strength of his game is his competitive nature. He relies on a quick glove hand at times but is capable of controlling the tempo of a game based on the situation.

Lindgren made his NHL debut in a late season game with Montreal after signing an entry-level contract with the Canadiens following his junior season at St. Cloud State University. Lindgren will likely begin his pro career with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2016-17. Long-term he has the potential to be an NHL starter one day.

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