Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mats Lindgren
Born in Skelleftea, Sweden, Mats Lindgen starred on his hometown club for three years before joining Farjestads BK. He was chosen in the first round, 15th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He came to North America in 1995-96 and suited up briefly for the AHL's Cape Breton Oilers.

The young forward scored 25 points as a rookie in 1996-97 as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. The next year, he scored 13 goals and saw action on both specialty teams. Lindgren was also picked to represent his country at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Halfway through the 1998-99 season, Lindgren was traded to the New York Islanders for netminder Tommy Salo. He was a solid forechecker and penalty killer for his new club, however injuries plagued him in his three years with the club, and he was subsequently traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

In his first season with the Canuck organization, Lindgren split his time with Vancouver and the team's AHL affiliate in Manitoba while still battling injuries.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Skelleftea HC Sweden-2 10 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 6 2 0 2 0
1991-92 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 29 14 18 32 12 3 3 2 5 2
1991-92 Sweden EJC-A 6 2 2 4 10
1992-93 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 32 20 18 38 18 3 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 2 3 8
1993-94 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 22 11 6 17 26
1993-94 Sweden WJC-A 7 5 4 9 2
1994-95 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 37 17 15 32 20 3 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 13 7 5 12 6
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 11 14 25 12 -7 12 0 4 4 0
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 9 6 7 13 6
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 13 13 26 42 0 12 1 1 2 10
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 5 12 17 22 +4
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 12 5 3 8 2 +2
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 43 9 7 16 24 0
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 20 3 4 7 10 +4
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 59 3 12 15 16 0
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 54 5 9 14 18 -2
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 4 0 1 1 6 -1
NHL Totals 387 54 74 128 146 24 1 5 6 10


Swedish Rookie of the Year (1994) Traded to Edmonton by Winnipeg with Boris Mironov, Winnipeg's 1st round pick (Jason Bonsignore) in 1994 NHL Draft and Florida's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Edmonton selected Adam Copeland) in 1994 NHL Draft for Dave Manson and St. Louis' 6th round pick (previously acquired, Winnipeg selected Chris Kibermanis) in 1994 NHL Draft, March 15, 1994. Traded to NY Islanders by Edmonton with Edmonton's 8th round pick (Radek Martinek) in 1999 NHL Draft for Tommy Salo, March 20, 1999.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Anaheim, November 25, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, November 3, 2002.
Missed entire 2003-04 due to back injury suffered in practice, October 10, 2003.
Officially announced his retirement January 20, 2005.
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