Future Watch: Esa Lindell Rookie Hockey Cards, Stars – Esa Lindell wasn’t a household name when he was drafted 74th overall in 2012. He was playing overseas and a lot of fans didn’t know about him. Even the Dallas Stars seemed to keep him out of the news for a while.
Just three years after being drafted the talented blueliner had a cup of coffee and played four games for the Dallas Stars. He got his feet wet. Most defenseman need to get in a certain amount of NHL games before it starts to become normal.
Last season he played in 73 games and he put up 18 points and six goals. Those goals stand out because he is a talented offensive defenseman. He won two games with key goals. He has more to offer offensively and he should be able to make a jump in points this season.
This Finn’s game isn’t strictly offensive. Last season he had 119 blocked shots to go along with 93 hits. At 6′-3″, 215 pounds you don’t want to get hit by this growing prospect. Soon he will become a key all-around contributor on the Stars blueline.
Esa Lindell has NHL licensed rookie cards in several 2016-17 Upper Deck hockey products including: Ultimate Collection, SP Authentic, SP Game-Used and of course, a Young Guns rookie card in Series 1 Hockey as well.
Here’s a goal that he started off a nice defensive play on the rush:
The Stars have signed him to a 2-year extension. It’s clear that he’s going to be on this team for a while and if his points continue to rise his next contract will be much longer.
For now, collectors should take note. At 23, he’s ready to have a breakout season soon. Sometimes defenseman can take a little longer than forwards but this one is worth the wait. He should help them make a playoff run this year.
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