Tobias Lindberg
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Tobias Lindberg

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-07-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Ottawa, 2016

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Tobias Lindberg played for the SDE HF U18 and U16 teams and played for the gold medal Stockholm 1 team in the annual TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden. Lindberg had 2 assists with 18 penalty minutes in nine U18 games. In eight games for SDE HF’s U16 team he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and had 18 penalty minutes. Lindberg scored 3 goals with 4 assists in eight TV-Pucken games.

2011-12: Lindberg moved up to to the Djurgardens club, seeing his first U20 action in the SuperElit league as a 16-year-old, and represented Sweden at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. He was scoreless and -1 in his only regular season for Djurgardens’ U20 team and was +1 with 1 assist in three playoff games. He played 43 games for Djurgardens’ U18 squad, including four playoff contests. Lindberg scored 21 goals with 20 assists and had 62 penalty minutes. In six games at the WHC he had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Lindberg made his pro hockey debut, playing five games for Djurgardens in Sweden’s second league (Allsvenskan). He was an assistant captain for Djurgardens’ U20 team and led all scorers in the Allsvenskan U18 playoffs. He had 1 assist with the Djurgardens men’s team. In 43 U20 games he scored 9 goals with 13 assists and was -2 with 30 penalty minutes. In the two-game playoff series with Skelleftea he had 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. He scored 9 goals with 12 assists and was +18 with 6 penalty minutes in 14 games for Djurgardens’ U18 team and in nine playoff games scored 4 goals with 10 assists; finishing +8 with 24 penalty minutes. Ranked 99th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Lindberg was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 2013-14: Lindberg skated in three games for the Djurgardens men’s team in Allsvenksan and was an assistant captain for the club’s U20 team. He competed internationally with Sweden’s U19 team. Lindberg had no points nor penalties in Allsvenskan play. He scored 7 goals with 15 assists and was -6 with 93 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for the Djurgardens U20 team. Djurgardens finished ninth in the SuperElit league, defeating Skelleftea in a first round series before falling to Farjestads in the quarterfinals. Lindberg scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes in four playoff games.  He had no points nor penalties in four games with the Sweden U19 team. Lindberg was selected by Oshawa in the first round (46th overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. 

2014-15: Lindberg was the third-leading scorer for Memorial Cup champion Oshawa behind Michael Dal Colle (NY Islanders) and Cole Cassels (Vancouver) in his first season in North America. He scored 32 goals with 46 assists and was +33 with 14 penalty minutes in 67 games as the Generals dominated the Ontario Hockey League, Oshawa finished first in the East Division and defeated the Erie Otters in the OHL finals.  Lindberg scored 7 goals with 12 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in 21 OHL playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +5 in four games at the Memorial Cup. Oshawa defeated Kelowna, 2-1 in overtime, in the Memorial Cup final. Lindberg signed a three-year entry-level contract with Ottawa in June 2015.

2015-16: Lindberg made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs in a March 31st game against Buffalo after spending most of his first pro season in the AHL. He had 2 assists and an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in six NHL games, averaging 16 minutes of ice time. Lindberg began the season with Senators’ affiliate Binghamton and also skated for the Toronto Marlies. He was acquired by Toronto in February 2016 in the nine player trade with Ottawa that sent defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the Senators and netted the Leafs a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. In 56 regular season AHL games (22 with the Marlies) he scored 11 goals with 23 assists and was +12 with 20 minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Hershey. Linberg had no points and an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Tobias Lindberg is a big, strong winger with excellent passing skills, and a heavy, accurate shot. He also has the capacity to play in every game situation. As a member of the Oshawa Generals last season, he adapted wonderfully to the team’s smothering 200-foot game and helped to shut down big-time scorers like Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome in the OHL finals. Has the potential to become a second-line winger at best, or a third-line checker that can chip in offensively.

Future

Lindberg made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old, skating in six games with the Leafs in 2015-16 after being acquired from Ottawa as part of a blockbuster trade in February 2016. A big and skilled winger, he will challenge for a roster spot in training camp but barring any surprises or injuries will start the 2016-17 season in the AHL. Lindberg is expected to complement the undersized skill forwards in the Maple Leafs' pipeline like Mitch Marner, Connor Brown, and Jeremy Bracco.

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