The Rangers have called up defenseman Ryan Lindgren from Hartford.
From the Rangers release:
- Lindgren, 20, has skated in 35 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering five assists, along with a plus-seven rating and 41 penalty minutes.
- Among AHL defensemen younger than 21 years old in 2018-19, Lindgren ranks first in penalty minutes and is tied for fifth in plus/minus rating.
- He is also tied for ninth among AHL rookie defensemen in plus/minus rating this season, and he is tied for third on the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating. Lindgren has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 10 of the last 11 games with Hartford – including a plus-one rating or better in seven of those games – and he has posted a plus-eight rating in the last 11 contests.
From the Rangers 1/14 Prospect Report, Wolf Pack coach Keith McCambridge said, “I’ve been very impressed with the maturity that he’s shown. He plays a real physical style, does a good job with the details of his game, finding sticks in front of the net, boxing out for the ability for our goaltenders to see shots coming through from the point … I hate to use the term ‘old-school defenseman’, but that’s exactly what Ryan is, in a good way. He plays that physical game, with some sandpaper, on the back end, and just watching the opposition on how they dislike having to play against him, is something that has been noticeable for the coaching staff. We really like where his game’s at right now.”
Lindgren is in his first season in the AHL.
Adam Rotter: David Quinn talked yesterday about battling, work in the corners and physicality and Lindgren brings all of those things. He’s another potential piece of the defensive future and it will be nice to see him get a chance to see what he can do. He doesn’t project to have much in the way of offense but the reports are that he is physical, competes and brings a lot of what Dan Girardi used to.