2009-10: Hampus Lindholm played for the Jonstorps U20 and U18 teams in Swedish Division 1 near his hometown of Helsingborg in southwest Sweden. In three U20 games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists. Lindholm skated in 15 games for the U18 team and scored 3 goals with 4 assists.
2010-11: Lindholm moved up to the SuperElit (U20) division with Rogle BK. In 39 games during the regular season he had 4 assists and was plus-four with 34 penalty minutes. He played in three playoff games and was minus-one with no points or penalties. In 14 games with Rogle BK U18 (including three playoff games) he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and had 12 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Lindholm made his pro debut – skating in 20 games for Rogle BK in AllSvenskan (Sweden’s second league) – and played in all 10 qualifying series games. He played for Sweden’s silver medal team at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship and skated for Rogel BK’s U20 squad. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-one with 12 penalty minutes during the AllSvenskan regular season. In the ten-game qualifying series he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-five with 6 penalty minutes. Rogle BK finished second in the six-team tournament to gain elevation to the Swedish Elite League in 2012-13. At the U18 WJC he had 4 assists and was minus-one with 4 penalty minutes. Lindholm scored 5 goals with 12 assists in 28 games for Rogle BK U20 and was named the U20 Super Elit league’s Best Defenseman. Lindholm was ranked fourth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Lindholm made his debut in North American pro hockey as an 18-year old — skating in 44 games for Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk. He scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was +5 with 16 penalty minutes despite missing over two months after suffering a concussion. Norfolk was fifth in the East Division; finishing two points out of an AHL playoff spot.
Lindholm has been advertised as a potential top end two-way defenseman since his draft year in 2012. Lindholm excels primarily in three aspects of the game: his elite level passing, his skating, and his intelligent reads of the game. He uses the latter two to jump into the offensive zone from time to time at the responsible and right time. As he has progressed Lindholm has also turned into a solid defensive player, making him a tremendous asset in every zone and in every situation. While maybe considered a reach when he was drafted at sixth overall, Lindholm has all the potential to be a top-pairing defenseman. His intelligence and reads of the game in all zones is something that can’t be taught. He also has good size at 6’2 and is one of the best puck-movers in the Duck system. He is steady and consistent as well, playing with the same calm demeanor game in and game out.
While Lindholm did not have the offensive season many were expecting in 2012-13 in his rookie AHL season, he was tremendous defensively. This is actually better for him moving forward as the Ducks are in need of that style of player more than any other. He has the potential to crack the NHL lineup as a bottom pairing player with the Ducks this season with a good camp and a good start to his sophomore season with Norfolk.