Jesper Lindgren

by Jason Banks on April 21, 2017

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Jesper Lindgren, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 161

Born: 1997-05-19

Hometown: Umeå, SWE

Drafted: 2015 by Toronto Maple Leafs, 95th Overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2017 – After a rather solid season for the struggling Swedish division two team MODO, where he was the team defensive leader, Lindgren signed an AHL amateur tryout contract (ATO), and has joined the Marlies for the playoff run as an extra. He is unlikely receive notable ice time, but may surface in a couple games as the organization gets a glimpse into where he is at. There will be a couple job openings for prospect defenders within the organization, and unless he is acquired to play in top tier SHL next year, his development will be best served by starting his North American career at either AHL or ECHL level. Jason Banks

 

April 2016 – The young Swedish defender struggled to make an impact at the Elite League level the past season, but was still a force at lower tiers. He only posted a trio of points for the struggling MODO club which was disappointing. But after Christmas he was bounced around to play a few games with a division two team and had a pair of points in four games, and then showed expected numbers in under-20 league play as his junior team’s top defender. Lindgren is expected to stay at least another season in Sweden as he needs the pro seasoning and unfortunately no North American junior teams own his rights, but should be found in Leafs training camp in the fall to see where he is at. Jason Banks

 

June 2015 - The impressive offensive defenseman was taken 95th overall. He is one of very few defensemen his age to make an appearance in the SHL, which is impressive in itself. Add his domination with the MODO J20 team, and you have a defensive prospect that will be worth the wait for the Leafs. Austin Wallace

 

June 2015 –Despite being ranked the 19th best European skater by NHL Central Scouting, Lindgren could end being one of the defensive jewels in the 2015 Entry Draft. Not only is he fleet of foot while carrying the puck, he manages to be creative while making smart decisions on the ice. Although small, he is tenacious and makes it incredibly difficult to defend against. Playing with Modo in the SuperElit league, he was very clearly the best U18 defenseman by a country mile. With a little extra TLC to his defensive game and some added muscle, he could end up being an absolute steal for a franchise looking for a dynamic, puck-carrying defenseman that can play big minutes and quarterback the top power play unit. Zach Hopkins

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

 

Small but jam-packed with offensive potential as a puck-carrying defenseman – a likely steal.

 

Footage:

 

2015 Draft interview with Jesper:

 

 

 

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