|Born||22 July 1995,|
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||102nd overall, 2013|
Tobias Lindberg (born 22 July 1995) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract with Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lindberg was a member of the 2015 Memorial Cup champion Oshawa Generals.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Lindberg was drafted in the fourth round, 102nd overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior in his native Sweden with Djurgårdens IF, before moving to North America to continue his career with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Lindberg was a member of the team that won the 2015 Memorial Cup, assisting on the game-winning goal, scored in overtime by teammate Anthony Cirelli.
About to turn 20, Lindberg was not eligible to play in junior anymore, and thus signed his first professional contract with Ottawa on 16 June 2015, a three-year entry-level. Lindberg played the opening half of the 2015–16 AHL season with Ottawa's affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. After recording 22 points in 34 games with Binghamton, Lindberg was included in a blockbuster nine-player trade that saw himself, Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, a 2017 second-round draft pick moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey. Lindberg's AHL numbers up until the trade were considered impressive due to his rookie status and the Senators' position at the bottom of the standings (being third last at the time of his departure). Lindberg joined the Toronto Marlies, who were at the top of the AHL (leading the second-placed team by 16 points at the time of the trade) and were favourites to win the 2016 Calder Cup.
Lindberg was one of twelve Toronto rookies to make their NHL debut in the final quarter of the 2015–16 season as part of the Maple Leafs youth movement. Lindberg was called up from the Marlies on 31 March 2016, and made his debut the same night in a 4–1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, picking up an assist on the lone Toronto goal scored by teammate Brooks Laich.
The following season would be spent entirely with the Marlies, where the forward scored 16 points in 44 contests. At the start of the 2017–18 season, on 6 October 2017, Lindberg was traded to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, alongside a 2018 sixth-round draft choice in exchange for goaltender Calvin Pickard. He was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
On 23 February 2018, Lindberg was traded from the Golden Knights to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ryan Reaves. He was loaned by the Penguins to continue playing with the Wolves until the AHL season concluded.
In the following 2018–19 season, Lindberg was assigned and reported to the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He contributed with 6 points in 15 games with Wilkes-Barre before on 5 December 2018, Lindberg and Stefan Elliott were traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Ben Sexton and Macoy Erkamps. Both players were immediately assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators. Lindberg struggled to make an impact with Belleville, producing 6 points through 29 games.
At the trade deadline, Lindberg was dealt again by the Senators when he was included in the trade of Mark Stone to be re-acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights, in exchange for Erik Brännström, Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 2nd round pick. He was assigned to continue in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves. In returning for a second stint with the Wolves, Lindberg helped the club reach the Calder Cup finals before falling to the Charlotte Checkers. He scored 2 goals in 13 playoff games.
On June 25, 2019, Lindberg was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Golden Knights, allowing him to become a free agent.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|2012–13||Djurgårdens IF J20||J20||43||9||13||22||30||2||0||2||2||2|
|2013–14||Djurgårdens IF J20||J20||38||7||15||22||93||4||2||1||3||12|
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||0||2||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
International[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Ottawa Senators sign forward Tobias Lindberg to entry-level contract", NHL.com, 16 June 2015. Retrieved on 9 February 2016.
- "Dion Phaneuf traded to Senators in 9-player deal", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 9 February 2016. Retrieved on 9 February 2016.
- Five Takeaways from Maple Leafs vs. Sabres. Toronto Maple Leafs (31 March 2016). Retrieved on 24 February 2018.
- Leafs Fall Short to Sabres. Toronto Maple Leafs (31 March 2016). Retrieved on 24 February 2018.
- Maple Leafs acquire goalie Calvin Pickard from Vegas Golden Knights. Sportsnet (6 October 2017). Retrieved on 6 October 2017.
- Penguins Acquire Derick Brassard in Three-Team Trade with OTT and VGK. Pittsburgh Penguins (23 February 2018). Retrieved on 23 February 2018.
- Senators acquire Stefan Elliott and Tobias Lindberg from Pittsburgh (5 December 2018). Retrieved on 5 December 2018.
- Vegas Golden Knights acquire Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators. Vegas Golden Knights (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 25, 2019.
- Tobias Lindberg not qualified by Vegas. CBS Sports (June 25, 2019). Retrieved on June 26, 2019.