Rangers ink undrafted free agent Michael Lindqvist

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The first move of the offseason, aside from firing the coaching staff, has come. The Rangers have signed undrafted free agent forward Michael Lindqvist out of Sweden. The 23 year old put up 20-14-34 in 33 games with Farjestads in the SHL this past year.

Lindqvist has a nice shot, and sets up in the Ovi spot on the powerplay, where he scored half his goals this year. He’s a very talented, if undersized at 5’11 and 176 lbs, forward. As we’ve seen time and time again, size doesn’t mean much in terms of NHL success. I like going after talent, and Lindqvist has that.

Plus when in doubt, go with a Swede.

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  1. Size doesn’t matter, then you watch the playoffs. Size and skill beats skill alone.

    1. Reenavipul
      100% correct !!!!!!! Well said my ””learned hockey friend!!!””
      Top GM Yzerman said it when he traded for 220 pound battering ram JT Miller and 215 pound Ryan McDonagh!!!!!
      Only the rangers with two cups in a thousand years believe different…..
      Didnt we realize and admit that we lost to the Kings a few years ago because they were so much bigger than us?
      If the Lightening win the cup do Sather and Gorton get rings also?????????

  2. It’s a start. They should definitely be scouring the leagues for guys like Michael Lindqvist, hopefully a bit younger. He’ll be 24 come training camp, you have to think they see him competing for a roster spot right away.

    1. Montreal thought the same thing with Bud Holloway, he played 1 game.

      Is he playing on PP1 where Zib plays? No. PP2? Doubt it.

      A guy who hopefully adds a little extra skil in the 4th line or 1st line in Hartford. Don’t cost nothing, they have plenty of room on the 50 man roster.

      1. … I think you’re being a lil too harsh here m8.

        We just signed a 23 year old who just put up more then a point a game – 20 goals and 34 assists in arguably one of the top leagues in the world.

        Would welcome a pp 1-2 issue w Mika because, just like you saw size playing an importance in these playoffs thus far, I also am seeing quite a bit of offensive depth as well.

        I’m loving this move.

        1. And the SHL is on par with the AHL. He didn’t lap the league, point a game in either league makes you a depth NHL forward.

        1. Considering he’s at 180cm & 78kg at 23, he doesn’t have the size *or* strength. Missed games for a shoulder injury and what sounds like a high ankle sprain/broken fibula last season.

          1. Don’t know how you can say that, re: strength. You can’t measure strength from height and weight.

          2. Yeah, you can. Look at the average draft pick and his height to weight. In the metric system a number of height minus weight should be around 100 for a draftee.

            That number is 90 for the average NHLer.

            There are the Phil Kessel’s of the world, but that tells you the amount of muscle you need to put on to be average. That’s 22 lbs, but the low side on that(to be effective) is 10lbs.

    1. Of course that may be the end result, but you’re jumping the gun here Walt. If they were just signing him for the Pack then there are plenty of proven AHL point per game Vet guys that would make more sense.

      1. Tanto

        His scoring is primarily on the PP, not 5 on 5. With some big guys up front, I don’t see this kid on the 1st PP, or 2nd PP!!!!!!!!!

        1. If he ends up just being a 3rd liner with a little punch that can occasionally slot in on the PP I’ll be happy. Just because he’s an under the radar spring time signing doesn’t mean they have him automatically ticketed for a career in the AHL.

      2. Plenty of AHL vets who can’t hack it in the show. Better to try and get some upside potential rather than zero downside risk.

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