Anton Lindholm
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Anton Lindholm


Skelleftea Sweden

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5th round (144th overall), 2014


185 lbs.

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2010-11: Anton Lindholm played for the Skelleftea club in Sweden — appearing in three games with the U20 team — and skated in six international games with the Sweden U17 team. He had no points with 4 penalty minutes in his brief stint in the SuperElit league. In 37 regular season games for the Skelleftea U18 team he scored 9 goals with 15 assists and 36 penalty minutes. In seven playoff games he had 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes as Skelleftea reached the quarterfinals before falling to Timra IK. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 6 penalty minutes in six games for the Sweden U17 team.

 2011-12: Lindholm appeared in his first Elitserien game with Skelleftea in January; spending most of the season with the club’s U20 team. He had no points nor penalties in his only men’s team game. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was plus-9 with 20 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for the Skelleftea U20 team and was minus-2 with 1 assist in three playoff games. He played six games, including two playoff games, with the silver medal-winning Skelleftea U18 team and was minus-1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes.

 2012-13: Lindholm skated in two Elitserien games with Skelleftea and was an assistant captain for the club’s U20 junior team. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes in his brief time with the Skelleftea men’s team. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was plus-14 with 24 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Skelleftea U20 team and was minus-3 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in five games during the SuperElit playoffs. Lindholm played four games with the Sweden U19 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assists while finishing plus-6 with 4 penalty minutes.

 2013-14: Lindholm made his first SHL appearance with Skelleftea in January and saw limited action in three other games before joining the club for good in March and seeing a regular role in the playoffs. In seven regular season games he averaged 7:48 minutes of ice time, did not register a point and was minus-4 with 4 penalty minutes. In 14 playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-7 with 4 penalty minutes; averaging 16:37 minutes of ice time. Lindholm played 39 games for the Skelleftea U20 team and scored 1 goal with 5 assists while finishing plus-3 with 34 penalty minutes. Not among the 130 international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Colorado in the fifth round (144th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Lindholm skated in 35 of 55 regular season games and 15 playoff contests for first-place Skelleftea in the SHL. He had 7 assists and was +12 with 35 penalty minutes, averaging 14:31 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Lindholm scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +10 with 8 penalty minutes, averaging 16:26 minutes in the playoffs. Skelleftea reached the finals, falling to third-place Vaxjo. Playing five games in Allsvenskan with Malmo, Lindholm scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes.  


Talent Analysis

Lindholm is an excellent skater with high hockey IQ. The offense hasn’t quite developed yet and his shot could use some more work. Lindholm could also learn to throw his body around but hasn’t needed to on the larger ice surface in Europe.


Lindholm is in his second SHL season with Skelleftea in 2015-16. An injury at the end of September  forced him to miss 13 games and he was out of the lineup again for six games at the end of January.   A defense-first defensemen who has a physical edge to his game despite his lack of prototypical NHL size, Lindholm has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Avalanche. With several defensemen in the Colorado pipeline Lindholm faces steep odds to one day earn a contract but his skating ability and combativeness are two factors in his favor. 

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