5/2/18 | The Rangers have confirmed that they have signed Lindqvist.
From the Rangers release on the signing:
- He established SHL career-highs in several categories in 2017-18, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating.
- Lindqvist ranked second in the SHL in power play goals (10), ranked sixth in the league in points per game (1.03), tied for sixth in the SHL in goals, and tied for 15th in the league in points this past season.
- Among SHL players who skated in at least 20 games in 2017-18, Lindqvist ranked first in goals per game (0.61).
- In addition, among SHL players younger than 24 years old, Lindqvist ranked second in points per game, tied for third in goals, and tied for fourth in points during this past season.
The Rangers list him at 5-11, 176 lbs.
Super excited and a dream come true signing my first NHL contract with @NYRangers , thanks to everyone who have helped me during the years to make this happen!- Michael Lindqvist (@MLindqvist34) May 2, 2018
4/17/18 | The Rangers are reportedly close to signing Swedish free agent forward Michael Lindqvist, according to Hockey Sverige.
Lindqvist, 23, is 5-10, 172 and had 20 goals and 14 assists in 33 games last season for Farjestad of the SHL.
Lindqvist's agent said that he would not confirm anything but did say that the list of potential teams has narrowed and a deal is close.
In three prior seasons playing for AIK, Lindqvist had 32 goals in 143 games. He had been teammates with AIK with former Rangers prospects Robin Kovacs and Malte Stromwall.
In January, Elliotte Friedman wrote that the Rangers were among a group of teams that were in Sweden watching potential free agents. (Sportsnet)
OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent forward Michael Lindqvist.- New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 2, 2018
Lindqvist, 23, skated in 33 games with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League this past season, registering 20 goals and 14 assists for 34 points.
(🎥 highlights via SHL) pic.twitter.com/QfsXF9HjNS
He missed nine weeks this past season before returning in the playoffs and scoring a goal. (Hockey Sverige)
Adam Rotter: This is a guy that the Rangers saw a lot of when he was playing at AIK and it's a low risk move to add what seems to be a talented player. The Rangers will have spots in their lineup up for grabs and Lindqvist will get a chance to make the team out of training camp. He's played against men, has produced in the top Swedish league and is a nice low risk move by the Rangers.