Fast & Lindberg Will Probably Require Time in AHL (Updated: Lindberg Quotes)

Update, 10:53 a.m.:
Lindberg recently spoke to (via Alex Nunn) about his jump to North America…

"I feel that it is the right time for me to go over. I'm not quite sure what to expect. Exciting is probably the right word."

Lindberg added that he has spoken to David Rundblad, Adam Larsson and Tim Erixon about adjusting to North America and the smaller ice surface.

…definitely click the above link to the interview to check out Lindberg rockin' the Jagr Rangers jersey. Nice work!

Original Post:
Newest Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson gives Rangers fans some insight on a likely timetable for Swedish prospects Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg to be in the NHL…

“Realistically it probably requires some time in Hartford to get adjusted to the smaller ice surfaces and the quicker pace, but both players are tremendous prospects.”

Samuelsson, who coached against both Fast and Lindberg for two seasons in the Swedish Elite League (SEL) as head coach of Modo, feels that they'll surprise people and push for positions on the Rangers in a short period.

Last season, Fast was limited to just one game with the CT Whale after his SEL season ended because of a lower body injury he sustained in his AHL debut.

…i agree with Samuelsson that both of these guys will likely need time with the Wolf Pack to familiarize themselves with the North American game. But once they do, you might see one, if not both, of them recalled before even JT Miller.

…from what I've read, it sounds like Lindberg, who was named SEL playoff MVP last season, is the more complete player and, to me, has the better chance of NHL success.

…got to wonder if Richards' struggles from last season leak into this year, how quickly the Rangers organization would look to bring up Lindberg, especially if he's tearing it up in the AHL. With the strength of the Eastern Conference and the new playoff format this season I don't think the Rangers can afford to wait very long.

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