It was a big day for Matt Lindblad on Saturday when he got his first chance to be in the lineup for a NHL game, taking the ice for the Boston Bruins.
Lindblad logged 8:25 of ice time and was 1-for-1 on faceoffs during his NHL debut to help the Bruins defeat the Caroline Hurricanes by the score of 5-1. The 23-year-old was called up on Friday from AHL affiliate of Boston, the Providence Bruins. He has recorded 23 points (8g, 15a) in 44 AHL games this season, his first full professional hockey campaign.
The Winnetka, Illinois native played two seasons in the USHL. He recorded 25 points (5g, 20a) in 51 games as a rookie for the Chicago Steel in 2008-09, and then had a breakout year offensively in 2009-10 with the Sioux Falls Stampede, totaling 70 points (24g, 26a) in 57 games to finish seventh overall in USHL scoring. Of his 24 goals, 13 were scored on the power play, the third highest total in the League. He was also selected to compete in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game.
The forward went on to a three-year NCAA career at Dartmouth College, recording 80 points (29g, 51a) in 89 games at the school. He then signed a free agent NHL contract with the Bruins after his junior season and made his pro debut in Providence in 2013 where he chipped in five points (1g, 4a) in four AHL games.
USHL stats – Matt Lindblad
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