The Swedish Elite League playoffs are currently ongoing, with New York Rangers' prospect Oscar Lindberg playing for Skelleftea in their matchup against Brynas. Last night he had a fantastic game, with his primary contribution being a goal in which he put on a nifty deke and then backhanded the puck by Brynas goaltender Johan Holmqvist (yes, that Johan Holmqvist). He also had a primary assist on a goal by Viktor Arvidsson, whose celebration was…interesting. Here are the highlights.
Rangers European scout Anders Hedberg is on record saying that Lindberg and fellow Swedish prospect Jesper Fasth are playing their final season in the SEL and will come to North America once it is over. What he didn't say is whether they could make that transition this season once their seasons in Sweden end, similar to what Chris Kreider did last year. Lindberg's numbers this season are pretty staggering, with 44 points in 52 games; a very stellar number for a 20 yer old in the SEL. And his defensive game is even better than his offensive game. While the SEL is still a step below the NHL, it's still a professional league and a league that is likely superior to the AHL. One has to wonder if Lindberg could step in immediately help address the sore need for offensive depth.
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