Esa Lindell
Born (1994-05-23)23 May 1994,
Helsinki, Finland
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Dallas Stars
Jokerit
Ässät
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
NHL Draft 74th overall, 2012
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2012–present


Esa Lindell (born 23 May 1994) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Stars in the third round, 74th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Lindell made his SM-liiga debut playing with Jokerit during the 2012–13 season.[1] On 7 May 2014, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars, the organization that had drafted him in the third round, 74th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Lindell was reassigned to the Liiga for the 2014–15 season, joining Ässät. He established a career-high year, registering 14 goals and 35 points in 57 games with the club, which led all Liiga defencemen in scoring, before on 16 March 2015 he was assigned by Dallas to the organization's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Texas Stars.

On 18 January 2016, Lindell received his first NHL call-up.[3] He made his debut the following day on 19 January in Dallas' game against the Los Angeles Kings.

On 25 November 2016, in his 17th career NHL game, Lindell scored his first NHL goal, coming in a 2–1 win against the Vancouver Canucks.[4]

In June 2017, Lindell signed a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension with Dallas worth an annual salary cap hit of $2.2 million.[5][6]

On 16 May 2019, Lindell signed a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Stars, carrying an annual cap hit of $5.8 million.[7]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Jokerit SM-l 19 0 0 0 4
2012–13 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 22 4 6 10 16
2013–14 Jokerit Liiga 44 2 3 5 10 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 11 2 3 5 8
2014–15 Ässät Liiga 57 14 21 35 28
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 5 0 1 1 2
2015–16 Texas Stars AHL 73 14 28 42 56 4 2 2 4 0
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 73 6 12 18 22
2016–17 Texas Stars AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 80 7 20 27 24
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 82 11 21 32 33 13 1 3 4 4
2019–20 Dallas Stars NHL 69 3 20 23 12
Liiga totals 120 16 24 40 42 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 308 27 73 100 91 13 1 3 4 4
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2014 Sweden

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Finland IH18 4th 5 1 0 1 14
2012 Finland WJC18 4th 7 0 6 6 2
2014 Finland WJC Gold medal icon.svg 7 2 3 5 6
2015 Finland WC 6th 8 1 5 6 0
2016 Finland WC Silver medal icon.svg 10 1 3 4 0
2016 Finland WCH 8th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 19 3 9 12 22
Senior totals 19 2 8 10 0

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2012–13 Jokerit player statistics. Eliteprospects.com (2013-05-04). Retrieved on 2013-05-04.
  2. Stars sign defenseman Esa Lindell to entry-level contract (2014-05-07). Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  3. Dallas Stars recall Esa Lindell. Dallas Stars (2016-01-18). Retrieved on 2016-01-18.
  4. Esa Lindell scores first NHL goal in Stars win (26 November 2016).
  5. Stars Sign Esa Lindell To New Contract. Defending Big D (26 June 2017).
  6. "Stars sign Esa Lindell to two-year contract extension", 26 June 2017. 
  7. Stars sign defensemen Esa Lindell to 6-year contract extension (16 May 2019). Retrieved on 16 May 2019.

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