2008-09: Matt Lindblad played 51 games for the Chicago Steel in his first USHL season. He scored 5 goals with 20 assists and was -1 with 17 penalty minutes. The Steel missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the East Conference. The Sioux Falls Stampede acquired Lindblad from Chicago in a May 2009 trade.
2009-10: Lindblad was the second-leading scorer for Sioux Falls in his second USHL season. He scored 24 goals with 46 assists in 57 games and was +11 with 20 penalty minutes. He scored 13 of his 24 goals on the power play. The Stampede finished third in the West Conference and were swept by Fargo in the playoff quarterfinals. Lindblad scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in the three-game series. He committed to playing college hockey at Dartmouth in 2010-11.
2010-11: Lindblad skated in 33 of 34 games for Dartmouth in his freshman season and was the Big Green’s fourth-leading scorer. Dartmouth’s third line center behind senior Scott Fleming and junior Doug Jones, he scored 13 goals with 14 assists and was +8 with 4 penalty minutes. Lindblad scored 7 of his 13 goals on the power play. Dartmouth finished third in ECAC Hockey and reached the conference semifinals; falling to Cornell, 3-0. The Big Green defeated Colgate, 5-3, in the conference third place game but did not receive an NCAA bid.
2011-12: Lindblad was one of the top scorers for Dartmouth in his sophomore season despite missing seven games due to nagging injuries. He led the Big Green with 18 assists and scored six goals, finishing one point behind co-scoring leaders Doug Jones and Tyler Sikura. Lindblad was +8 with 2 penalty minutes in 26 games. Dartmouth finished ninth in ECAC Hockey and were swept by Cornell in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
2012-13: Lindblad signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Bruins in April 2013 and made his pro hockey debut with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence following his junior season at Dartmouth. In four AHL games he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +3. Providence finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lindblad did not appear in any playoff games. Lindblad was Dartmouth’s second-leading scorer in his final college season. He scored 10 goals with 18 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in 30 games. Dartmouth finished tied for fifth in ECAC Hockey with St. Lawrence and defeated Harvard in a preliminary series before falling to Union in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.
2013-14: Lindblad made his NHL debut with the Bruins in a March 15th game against Carolina — one of two late season games in which he played — and skated for Bruins AHL affiliate Providence in his first pro season. He had no points nor penalties and an even plus/minus, averaging 11:45 minutes of ice time, with Boston. Lindblad scored 8 goals with 16 assists and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes in 55 AHL regular season games. Providence finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lindblad scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +6 with 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games for Providence.
2014-15: Lindblad attended training camp with the Bruins before being assigned to AHL affiliate Providence. One of the top forwards on for Providence in terms of plus/minus (+5), he was rewarded with two single game call-ups; averaging 7:45 minutes of ice time in two NHL games with no points nor penalties. Lindblad played 47 regular season games for Providence, missing time after suffering a foot injury in February, and scored 9 goals with 13 assists and 6 penalty minutes. Providence finished second in the Atlantic Division, falling to Hartford in a first-round playoff series. Lindblad was -2 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. The New York Rangers signed him to a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.
Lindblad was signed by the Bruins as a free agent in 2012-13 after recording 27 points in 30 games for Dartmouth College in his junior season. In two seasons in the Bruins' organization, however, his role was that of a solid, responsible forward in all three zones. He is capable of chipping in offensively but mostly uses his skating speed and strength to prevent opposing opportunities or retrieve the puck in tight areas or along the walls.
Lindblad was signed by the Rangers as a free agent in July and will compete for one of the lower line spots with New York in training camp. Barring injuries or surprises he will likely start the 2015-16 season with AHL affiliate Hartford. Long-term Lindblad does not appear to have a huge upside in terms of scoring but his sound play — both defensively and on the forecheck — and his understanding of game situations suggests he can be valuable in a support role at the NHL level.