Minnesota loses freshman blueliner Lindgren for rest of ’16-17 season with lower-leg injury

Ryan Lindgren  Minnesota Commit (Dan and Margaret Hickling)
Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Lindgren will miss the rest of his freshman season with Minnesota (photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling).

Minnesota announced Monday that freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season with a lower-leg injury.

Lindgren suffered the injury in Minnesota’s regular-season finale against Michigan State on Saturday, March 11.

The Minneapolis native will have surgery later this week and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Ryan was having a really great year for us as a freshman, and you hate to see such a promising season end this way,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said in a news release. “It’s tough to lose him for the postseason, but we have a great medical team here at the University of Minnesota, and we know we’ll have him back soon.”

Lindgren played in 32 games as a rookie and recorded 50 blocked shots as well as seven points (one goal, six assists). He was also instrumental in the U.S. National Junior Team’s gold medal performance at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal earlier this year.