It looks like Toronto is going on a mini-run of skilled European picks.
With the 95th selection, their first of two in the fourth round, the Leafs have selected defenceman Jesper Lindgren out of MODO’s J20 squad. Standing 6’0, 160lbs, Lindgren is an offensive defenceman with good speed.
In 39 SuperElit games this season, Lindgren scored six goals and 33 points, and added a single assist in four games with MODO’s top team in the SHL. Lindgren also represented Sweden at the WJC U18 tournament and chipped in with a goal and assist in five games.
Future Considerations was pretty high on Lindgren, ranking him 77th in their rankings. Here’s more…
Lindgren is one of the most talented Swedish defensemen going into this draft. What is no-
ticed the most is his hockey sense–it really stands out. He also shows some good hands, as he
comes with speed across the offensive blue-line, toe-dragging a defenseman, or creating space
with a stutter step before quickly blowing by an opponent to create an offensive opportunity. He
is a very agile and fluid skater who is great at eluding pressure and turning the play up ice. He
moves well with the puck at his top speed and will rush the play when he finds the smallest hole.
Sees the ice well and is patient enough to not try to force bad passes. Lindgren is great coming
out of his own zone and working the point on the powerplay, delivering seemingly simple feeds.
He is a right-handed shot and while it may not be the most powerful, he is good at finding a
shooting lane and creating some havoc at the very least. He uses his body to separate players
from the puck but also has a timely ability to lift sticks and regain the puck. Lindgren defends
well in his own zone by being a step ahead.
NHL Potential: Top-Four Offensive Defenseman
NHL Central Scouting ranked Lindgren 19th amongst European skaters, while ISS had him 123rd and HockeyProspect ranked him 146th.
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