Posted November 16, 2018 07:20:11 Ryan Lindstrom is a guy that people are going to love to watch.
He’s a player that you don’t necessarily expect to be good, but he can play at the NHL level and the Stanley Bowl is going to be a big deal.
Lindstrom, 22, signed a three-year, $18 million contract extension in March and has started to make the most of it.
He has been a force on the power play, putting up 11 goals and 11 assists in 24 games.
Lindley is a huge part of the Penguins success this season.
He had a career-high 38 points last season and leads the team with eight goals.
He is a top-six defenseman, but can play on the wing, too.
His ability to play both forward and defenseman will be a huge plus to the Penguins.
It is a little bit of a rebuilding year in Pittsburgh for Lindstrom.
He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, but went undrafted and spent his rookie year with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
He played the last seven seasons in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues, and was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019.
He spent four seasons with the Penguins, scoring 46 points in just 72 games.
He also had a breakout season in 2018-19, scoring 15 goals and 36 points in 67 games.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Lindstrom will have to compete for playing time at the end of the season.
The Penguins will have another opportunity to add to their defense corps at the trade deadline, as they are in the market for a defenseman.
Pittsburgh acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Calgary Flames in a trade on March 10.
He will play in the American Hockey League for the Penguins for the first time in 2018.
Shattenke, 28, had six goals and 19 points in 58 games last season, helping the Flames finish second in the Pacific Division.
He joined the Penguins on a one-year contract in 2018, and had a season-high 23 points in 72 games before the Penguins traded him to Calgary in the deal that sent Jordan Staal and Mike Santorelli to Pittsburgh.
He then spent three seasons with Carolina, scoring 24 goals and 42 points in 69 games.