Rangers Sign Lindberg

Rangers Sign Lindberg

06 Jun 2012 | By Gerry Cantlon

The New York Rangers dipped into the European market for the third time in 10 days in signing another player for the 2012-2013 season last Friday.

By Gerry Cantlon

Swedish forward Oscar Lindberg joins fellow Swede Jesper Fasth and Slovak Marek Hrivik to the Rangers blue and will likely skate with the AHL Connecticut Whale the Rangers top farm team next season.

Lindberg, 20, skated in 46 games with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien) last season, registering five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 18 penalty minutes.  He established an Elitserien career-high in games played, and tied his career-high in goals.  Lindberg recorded a point in three of four games from November 28 vs. Linkopings HC to December 6 vs. Vaxjo Lakers HC.  He also registered two points (one goal, one assist) in five games with Sundsvall IF of HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden-2nd Division), while on loan for 14 days beginning on January 17.  In addition, Lindberg tallied four points (one goal, three assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 18 Elitserien playoff games with Skelleftea.

The Skelleftea, Sweden native has skated in 123 career Elitserien games with Skelleftea HC, registering 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points, along with 84 penalty minutes.  In 2010-11, Lindberg established career-highs with five goals, nine assists and 14 points, while skating in 41 games with Skelleftea (Elitserien).  He also tallied playoff career-highs in goals (three), assists (four) and points (seven) that season, finishing sixth on the team in playoff points and tied for fifth in playoff goals.

Internationally, Lindberg represented his native Sweden at the 2011 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship.  He tied for fifth on the team in tournament scoring with four points (two goals, two assists) in six tournament contests, and tallied the game-deciding goal in a 6-5 shootout victory over Canada on December 31, 2010.

Lindberg was acquired by the Rangers from Phoenix in exchange for forward Ethan Werek on May 8, 2011.  He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes as their second round choice, 52nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

      NOTES: The Hartford Wolf Pack (nee Connecticut Whale) one time defenseman Drew Bannister has retired from playing hockey to come an assistant coach with the OHL Owen Sound Attack on June 1. Bannister was a player head coach in the Elite Ice Hockey League last season with the Braehead Clan in Glasgow, Scotland. Ironically, he replaces a former teammate Terry Virtue who stepped down as the Owen Sound assistant coach May 1st and is considered a serious candidate for vacant head coaching job for the ECHL Wheeling Nailers where he resides…Erik Christiansen who played five rehab games with the CT Whale this season has signed with HC Lev Praha, the new Czech entry in the KHL that will play in Prague the Czech Republic. Joining him on this new team is right wing Marcel Hossa who played five games for Hartford several years ago.,…Two former Wolf Pack players will also be in the Czech Republic next season playing for Orli Znojmo are defenseman Burke Henry and right wing Paul Crowder. The team competes in the Austrian Elite League

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