2010-11: Elias Lindholm appeared in four games for Brynas U20 team, including two playoff games, and was the second-leading scorer for the club’s U18 team. He had one assist in four games with the U20 team. Lindholm scored 17 goals with 44 assists in 40 regular season games for Brynas U18, trailing only Dallas prospect Emil Molin in points. In four playoff games he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was plus-three with 29 penalty minutes as Brynas won a bronze medal. Lindholm was selected by SKA St. Petersburg in the fourth round (86th overall) of the KHL Draft.
2011-12: Lindholm made his Swedish Elite League debut one day after his 17th birthday and played in 14 games, including two playoff matches, for Elitserien champion Brynas. He and Molin were once again the key offensive forces for Brynas’ U20 team and Lindholm represented Sweden in the U19 World Junior A Challenge and 2012 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He was scoreless and minus-two in limited Elitserien ice time. He scored 14 goals with 35 assists and was plus-24 with 45 penalty minutes in 36 U20 regular season games. Lindholm had 1 goal and 1 assist in two playoff games. Lindholm was scoreless in four games at the WJAC for Sweden and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in four games as Sweden captured a silver medal at the U18 WJC.
2012-13: Skating Brynas all season, Lindholm led all junior players in the Elitserien with 30 points, scoring 11 goals with 19 assists, and was plus-one with 2 penalty minutes. He appeared in all four playoff games in the series with Skelleftea, averaging 18 minutes of ice time, and was minus-five with no points and 4 penalty minutes. Lindholm skated for Sweden’s silver medal winning team at the U20 World Junior Championship in Ufa; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-one with 4 penalty minutes in six games. Lindholm was ranked second among European skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and third in the CSS final rankings.
Lindholm is an extremely talented player who is already an important offensive contributor for his top men’s league team. Possesses incredible hands, stickhandling skills and passing capabilities for a player his age. Displays well above-average ability to read and understand the game. Elias is strong at side-stepping checks and interpreting where opponents intend to pass or where they plan on skating, taking advantage of this to often pick off passes or hold up opposing skaters. Makes wonderful use of the ice and is strong in transition.
Management has publicly stated that they believe Lindholm will be ready for full time NHL action if he impresses in camp. The last Carolina first round pick to bypass the lower leagues was Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner.