Charlie Lindgren

by Mike Barrett on April 3, 2017

 

Charlie Lindgren, G

 

Catches: L

Height: 6-2

Born: 1993-12-18

Hometown:  Lakeville, Minnesota

     

April 2017 - After recalling the St-John's standout a week ago, Lindgren got the start versus the Florida Panthers (April 3rd) as Carey Price got some rest, and Al Montoya is still dealing with a lower-body injury. Lindgren was strong in his first and only other NHL appearance a year ago versus Carolina, and repeated that effort against the Panthers on Monday night allowing just one goal on 32 shots and leading the Habs to a 4-1 division-clinching win in the Sunshine State. With three games left in the season, Lindgren may get another chance to strut his stuff as the Canadiens certainly want to keep Price fresh as they gear up for the post-season. Mike Barrett

November 2016 - Tall, quick, and technically sound, Charlie Lindgren has everything you look for in an NHL goalie. He has the ability to go post-to-post in the blink of an eye and excels at consistently taking away the bottom of the net. His cat-like reflexes result in numerous highlight reel saves, as his quick glove helps him when he challenges shooters.

 

Aside from possessing the desired size and athleticism for the position in today's game, Charlie Lindgren is an exciting prospect because has an abundance of untapped potential. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of St. Cloud State, the 22-year-old was the top available college free agent goaltender coming off the most impressive campaign of his NCAA career. A 30-9-1 record, 2.13 GAA. .925 Sv%, and 5 shutouts were the gaudy numbers that ranked him first in NCHC wins, saves, and shutouts (T-2 others).

 

With 2,342 minutes spent in the blue paint as a senior, Lindgren displayed the ability to carry the load for a successful club.  He has again shown that ability this season, as no other Ice Caps goalie has started more than four games. He started the season with five straight wins and currently holds a 9-4-0 record, 2.22 GAA, and .933 Sv%.

 

It's clear that he has already refined his game since turning pro, and his red-hot start certainly gives the franchise confidence down their goaltending pipeline.

 

He immediately jumped to the top of Montreal's goaltending prospect depth chart and will compete for the job of backing up Carey Price come the 2017-18 season with a few call-ups in 2016-17. - Mike Barrett

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

A potential starting goalie who will be groomed behind Carey Price. He could post strong numbers in his starts once he makes the team. Until then, he should star in the AHL as he attempts to prove that he is NHL ready.

Footage:

Lindgren Makes Highlight Reel Pad Stack Save in 2015-16 NHL debut (Win)

 

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