Linus Lindstrom can’t tell you much about the Calgary Flames.
But he’s suddenly one of their biggest fans.
Lindstrom, 18, was selected in the fifth round (No. 96) by the Flames at the 2016 NHL Draft on Saturday.
“It’s a good organization,” Lindstrom said. “I’m proud to be a Calgary Flame now.”
“It’s going to be fun and come over there and meet everyone.”
He won’t have to wait long.
Lindstrom is en route to the United States to participate in a hockey camp in Minneapolis, and will continue onto Calgary to join the Flames at development camp in July.
There, he’ll get a crash course on Calgary.
“It’s going to be awesome to be there,” said the 5-foot-11, 165-pound pivot.
Lindstrom learned of his fate while sitting in a hotel room in Stockholm, hitting refresh on his computer as the second day of the draft unfolded.
Despite some interaction with the Flames, the 18-year-old had no inclination that he’d be a member of the Flames come draft day.
“I talked to them a couple times in Sweden and at the (NHL Scouting Combine),” said Lindstrom, who described himself as a good, two-way, offensive centre. “I had talks with them, but I didn’t know that they were going to pick me.”
And in the process, nabbed the 10th ranked player among European Skaters by Central Scouting.
With good reason.
Lindstrom spent the majority of 2015-16 with his hometown junior club Skelleftea AIK where the 18-year-old put up 44 points in 40 games. The playmaking center also suited up for Skelleftea AIK in the SHL for four games and scored one goal.
He also scored the shootout winner as Sweden beat Canada 6-5 in semifinal action at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in April.
Lindstrom didn’t feel any pressure through the process.
And now he’s glad to be a member of the Flames.
“It’s fun to play hockey, so the season goes by too fast,” he said.
“It was pretty easy, I didn’t follow it very much.”