Lindgren bolts Minnesota after two seasons for NHL contract with Rangers

Ryan Lindgren, Minnesota (Dan and Margaret Hickling)
Ryan Lindgren leaves Minnesota having scored 16 points over 67 games with the Gophers and also with two World Junior appearances for Team USA to his credit (photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling).

Minnesota sophomore defenseman Ryan Lindgren will forego his final two years of eligibility with the Gophers after signing an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers this week.

Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (49th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Lindgren was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline last month.

Lindgren skated in 67 career games for the Gophers, totaling 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and 101 blocked shots. An alternate captain as a sophomore, Lindgren recorded career highs with nine points, two goals, seven assists and 51 blocked shots in 35 games, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors for his efforts.

He was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after helping the Gophers win the 2016-17 Big Ten regular-season conference championship as Minnesota set an NCAA record with its sixth straight conference crown.

While at Minnesota, Lindgren was twice named to U.S. Junior National Team, winning gold at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada and bronze at the 2018 event in Buffalo, N.Y.

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