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Maple Leafs Sign Four to Entry Level Contracts

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs /

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year entry level contract, defenceman Jesper Lindgren to a three-year entry level contract, free agent forward Pär Lindholm to a one-year entry level contract and free agent defenceman Igor Ozhiganov to a one-year entry level contract.

Engvall, 21, appeared in 31 regular season games with HV71 of the SHL in 2017-18 and recorded 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in addition to four assists in five games of Champions Hockey League play. He also scored a goal in two SHL playoff games. Following the conclusion of HV71's season, Engvall joined the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a Professional Tryout (PTO) and registered eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in nine regular season games. In nine Calder Cup playoff games with the Marlies, Engvall has registered seven points (3 goals, 4 assists). Engvall was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the seventh round (188th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lindgren, 20, appeared in 43 games with HPK of the SM-Liiga in 2017-18 and recorded eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) to place him in a tie for sixth in scoring among the Liiga's U-21 defencemen. Following the conclusion of HPK's season, Lindgren joined the Toronto Marlies on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) and registered an assist in four games played. In 2016-17, Lindgren skated in 50 games with MODO of the Allsvenskan and registered 24 points (3 goals, 21 assists) in 50 regular season games and later captured a gold medal with MODO J20 of the Swedish SuperElit. Lindgren was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Lindholm, 26, skated in 49 games with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2017-18 and finished fourth in SHL scoring, collecting 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) and 28 penalty minutes before adding six goals and five assists for 11 points in 16 playoff games. In 196 career SHL games, all with Skellefteå, Lindholm registered 119 points (53 goals, 66 assists). Lindholm represented Sweden at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and scored a goal in four games.

Ozhiganov, 25, appeared in 42 games with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2017-18 and registered nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. He also skated in five playoff games. In 315 career KHL games split between Sibir Novosibirsk, Amur Khabarovsk and CSKA Moscow, Ozhiganov has registered 92 points (29 goals, 63 assists). He was named a KHL All-Star in 2016-17. Internationally, Ozhiganov captured a silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships

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