Future Watch: Oscar Lindberg Hockey Rookie Cards, New York Rangers – Oscar Lindberg was acquired by the New York Rangers back in 2011 via a trade with the then Phoenix Coyotes. At the time he was considered a project with some skills. In 2013-14 the centerman finally came to North America and had a tremendous first season with Hartford in the AHL. He had 18 goals as a rookie. Last year he followed that up with a 28 goal season and 16 points in the playoffs. He did get one game with the big club and he had big aspirations of making this year’s team.
Lindberg had a strong camp. He was voted the most improved player. To start the season he has 4 goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau he became the first Rangers rookie to get goals in the teams first three games of the season. Was he in the right place at the right time or is he an offensive juggernaut?
He was always good defensively and on draws and he was expected to have a decent offensive game. Can he keep up this pace to lead the Rangers? Probably not. But can he have a 40-50 point rookie season? Yes, he can.
That one game earned him a card in this years’ early season releases. He has a high-number rookie in 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Hockey along with several parallels. Early on that card went under the radar. Now more people are looking at those boxes for him and a few other players. He will most assuredly be in other 2015-16 Upper Deck hockey card products.
Here’s a look at his first NHL goal:
And his second:
At 6′-1″, 194lbs he’s a slick skater with just enough size to be dangerous. Could he challenge for this year’s Calder? Maybe, that’s why collectors are better off playing it safe rather than be sorry after the fact.
Future Watch: Oscar Lindberg Hockey Rookie Cards, New York Rangers – Image Gallery
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