New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Lindgren on an entry-level contract.
Lindgren, 20, skated in 35 collegiate games with the University of Minnesota during his sophomore year this season, registering two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 51 penalty minutes. He played in 67 career collegiate games over two seasons with the Golden Gophers, registering three goals and 13 assists for 16 points, along with a plus-six rating and 116 penalty minutes. Lindgren was selected to the Big Ten's All-Rookie Team and was an Honorable Mention for the Big Ten All-Star Team during his freshman year in 2016-17, as he helped the University of Minnesota win the Big Ten Regular Season Championship. Lindgren was also an Honorable Mention for the Big Ten All-Star Team in his sophomore year in 2017-18, and he served as one of the University of Minnesota's alternate captains this season.
The 6-0, 202-pounder has represented the United States in several tournaments. Lindgren helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, and he won a gold medal while representing the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also served as the captain for the United States at the 2016 IIHF World U18 Championship, recording five points (two goals, three assists) and a plus-five rating in seven games to help the United States earn a bronze medal.
The Burnsville, Minnesota, native was acquired by the Rangers from Boston, along with a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Rick Nash on February 25, 2018. Lindgren was originally selected by Boston in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.