Rangers Sign Swedish Forward Michael Lindqvist


As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago on Forever Blueshirts, the Rangers officially came to an agreement with Swedish forward Michael Lindqvist.

In 33 games last season with Swedish League club Färjestad BK, Lindqvist notched 34 points (20G, 14A). One aspect of Lindqvist’s game is that he was a force on the powerplay for Färjestad, where his ten man-advantage goals were second best in the SHL, as well as averaging over a point-per-game, 1.03 PPG to be exact. To further the point, Lindqvist led the league in goals-per-game (.61) of skaters that played more than twenty games.

Lindqvist is a right-handed scorer, something which the Rangers do not have much of on their current roster. While Jesper Fast had a career year, it wouldn’t be reasonable, in my opinion, to expect the same production from him next season. This leaves Mika Zibanejad as the lone right-handed threat. The other right-handed forward option the Rangers have is Vinni Lettieri, but, for whatever reason, he was not able to stick around with the Rangers for more than a few games at a time last year under Alain Vigneault.

If Lindqvist can stick with the Rangers, not only will they be adding another young and talented, albeit undersized, forward, but they will be adding a right-handed threat who can play on the second powerplay unit. Add in Ty Ronning, who is also a young, talented and undersized right-handed scoring threat, and the Rangers are looking at a very solid forward group heading into their “rebuild” year.

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