It’s now Day 13 in the “20 Prospects in 20 Days” series on NYRangers.com. Day 13 already? Seems like it just started. Anyway, Dan David takes a look at Swedish Prospect Oscar Lindberg who is ecstatic to be a New York Ranger.
Anders Hedberg, the former Rangers star who now serves as the team’s Head Professional Scout-Europe, had seen Lindberg play several times during his draft year.
“We knew a lot about him,” said Hedberg. “He had been part of the Swedish Under-17 and Under-18 teams, so he was a very well-known Swedish prospect. Our scouts had seen him a lot leading up to the draft.”
… the Rangers really wanted Lindberg in the draft, unfortunately the Phoenix Coyotes drafted him before the Blueshirts could grab him. But fortunate for the Rangers they were able to acquire Lindberg in May for Ethan Werek. The Rangers are really high on the Swedish center.
“European kids his age have never been traded, because there is no trading system in Europe,” said Hedberg. “Usually a trade comes almost as a shock. In many cases they view it as a negative because they think it means there is something wrong with them. But in this case, it was actually the opposite. He was very excited. And all of that is Jan Erixon’s influence, because Oscar was indoctrinated with a love of the Rangers. I would guess he was given a Rangers sweater when he was a baby.”
… Lindberg has Ranger blood flowing through his body. These are the type of prospects we want! Lindberg and the recently acquired defensive prospect Tim Erixon are related as Erixon’s father Jan and Lindberg’s mother are first cousins. Both of them grew up together and how fitting will it be for them to take the NHL ice together on the Rangers one day?
This is an amazing story. Hopefully Lindberg and Erixon will lead the Rangers future to a Stanley Cup.
- Arrival of Tim Erixon a Family Affair (nyrnation.net)
- VIDEO: Tim Erixon’s Amazing Goal (nyrnation.net)
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