The Penguins announced today that Tobias Lindberg has re-signed with a team on a one year, two-way contract worth $650k at the NHL level. Acquired in part of the 3-way trade that netted the Penguins Derick Brassard, Lindberg was immediately loaned back to the Vegas Golden Knights’ farm team, the Chicago Wolves. As a result of this loaning, it was assumed by many (including myself) that Lindberg was merely a formality in the trade and was never considered to be Penguins property. However, this extension would suggest the Penguins have some interest in his services.
Measuring in at 6’3 and 215 pounds, Lindberg has very good size and skating to boot. While he had a great start to his AHL career, putting up 34 points in 56 games in 2015-16. His 16-17 was less fruitful with only 16 points in 44 games and he carried on in a similar vein for the Wolves this year, putting up 23 points in 64 games. While his scoring is not anything to be amazed by, the size and speed combination he can bring will be interesting if the Penguins can entice him to use those physical gifts to play a more physical game. Don’t expect him to be called up at some point this year, but he’ll be useful depth in WBS.