Oscar Lindberg
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Oscar Lindberg

Hometown:

Skelleftea Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-10-29

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (52nd overall), 2009

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Oscar Lindberg spent most of the season with Skelleftea in the J20 SuperElit league.  In 38 games, Lindberg scored 14 goals and added 19 assists for 33 points.  In 5 playoff games, Lindberg picked up 1 assist.  He was a part of Sweden's 2009 U-18 World Junior Championship team.  Lindberg picked up 2 assists in 6 tournament games.

2009-10: Lindberg split time between Skelleftea's J20 and Elitserien squads.  In 30 junior games,  Lindberg scored 14 goals and added 23 assists for 37 points.  He also picked up 1 goal and 1 assist in 1 playoff game for this team.  At the Elite level, Lindberg played in 36 games, scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points.  In 10 playoff games, he netted 2 goals. Drafted by the Coyotes in the second round.

2010-11: Lindberg played 41 games for Skelleftea in Sweden's Elitserien as a 19-year-old. Primarily regarded as a two-way, defensive forward he contributed to the third-place Skelleftea attack with 5 goals and 14 assists and was -1 with 31 PMs. Lindberg played in all 18 games during Skelleftea's run to the playoff finals; scoring 3 goals with 4 assists and finishing +5 with 4 PMs. He played for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior U-20 Championship and scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 6 PMs. The Rangers obtained the rights to Lindberg in a trade with Phoenix for prospect Ethan Werek (PHO) in May 2011.

2011-12: Linberg played a career-high 46 games in his third season with Skelleftea. Averaging almost 11 minutes of ice time in a lower line role, he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was minus-8 with 18 penalty minutes. Skelleftea reached the Elitserien finals after finishing second in the regular season and Lindberg scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-six in 18 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers in June, 2012.

2012-13: Lindberg had a breakout season in his fourth season with Skelleftea  – winning an SHL championship and playing for Sweden in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He was Skelleftea's third-leading scorer with 17 goals and 25 assists in 55 games and was +1 with 54 penalty minutes.  Skelleftea won the regular season and playoff titles. Lindberg led Skelleftea with 4 goals and 8 assists in 13 playoff games and was +13 with 16 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in ten games for Team Sweden. Co-hosting the tournament with Finland, Sweden defeated Switzerland, 5-1, in the gold medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Lindberg 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 tends to step up play in big games.

 

Future

Lindberg is a potential third-line player with good offensive upside. He will sbegin the 2013-14 season in North America with a chance to earn an roster spot in the NHL.

 

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