Yesterday we kicked off the series with our Honourable Mentions, today we kick off the series “for reals” with the start of our Top 20.
#20 Jesper Lindgren
Lindgren is becoming the veteran of prospect lists. He’s finally made it over to North America, and found himself rotating in and out of the lineup as the Marlies experienced a depth of defensemen at times and fell victim to a run of injuries at other times.
Lindgren’s first year full year in North America probably identified him as someone far from the top of the defensive prospect queue, but didn’t really eliminate him from the conversation either. The fact that Lindgren has a right handed shot is going to keep him on the radar despite the fact that he’s turning 23 next month and is at the age when a lot of prospects get cut loose.
Lindgren is a strong skater and capable of making smart decisions with the puck. He’s comfortable carrying the puck out of the zone, but while he lacks the size some seek on the blue line, he is smart enough to be a low risk defender with …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation