Now With Just One Team, Lindberg is a Leader

Pens winger only camp prospect with NHL experience

Josh Rowntree
June 28, 2018 - 3:18 pm
Penguins winger Tobias Lindberg participate in the team's prospect development camp in June 2018

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Penguins winger Tobias Lindberg is hoping to settle down. And why wouldn’t he? 

The powerful, 22-year-old Swede is coming off a season in which he, at the end, was a member of two teams. 

Lindberg was acquired from Vegas in the Derick Brassard three-way trade in February, but never made it to Pittsburgh’s organization, staying with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL instead of joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 

"The outcome of it was a bit strange,” Lindberg said of the trade. "I just try to keep focus on what I can do. I can’t do anything about the stuff that goes on above my head. I just try to get better every day and try to get back in the NHL one day."

Lindberg has officially been a member of the Penguins organization since the trade.

"I have, but nobody knew about it,” he joked. "It’s fun. I was here for a couple of days after the season to meet the staff and stuff. But, now it’s here and I meet all the guys. Being an older guy, it’s fun to take a bit of a leader role and teach the guys how it is to be at development camp."

Lindberg, who played six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015-2016 season in addition to AHL stops in Binghamton, Toronto (Marlies) and Chicago, is now part of the Penguins development camp going on this week at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. 

"It’s been fun so far,” Lindberg said. "I’ve been trying to get used to being back on the ice. I haven’t been on in the last month maybe. But, it felt good to be out there every day, get a little bit ahead. We’re learning a few things to get everything from the coaches. Just trying to get better.”

A bit of an overthought this offseason, some were surprised when Lindberg signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins last week. 

"I let my agent deal with that stuff,” he said. "I can’t control what’s going on up there. What I can say is, when I finally met with Pittsburgh, those two days after the season, I was really glad with what they told me and they wanted to give me a chance. I felt really that we had a trust.”

Lindberg was informed by Vegas during the trade that he was to remain in Chicago, one of the top AHL teams during the regular season a year ago. It was all part of a rollercoaster he’s been on of late.

"My last three years have been up and down, for sure,” he said. "A lot of trades and injuries and stuff. So, I’m really just happy to be healthy and ready for a new and important season for me.

"I think they like me as a big winger or center. I can play both. Just kind of being all-around good at both ends of the ice and doing what the coach wants me to do.”

While the NHL may not be in his immediate future in Pittsburgh, Lindberg is the only prospect at camp to appear in an NHL game. He racked up a pair of assists with the Maple Leafs. 

Now he’ll try to leave his mark with the Penguins coaches and development staff, as well as his young teammates. 

"I’ve been asked about how it was being in NHL,” he said. "Like I’ve told them, it was the best time of my life. I try to tell them that if there’s something you can do to get there, you really should, because it’s a different world up there and that’s what I’m going to try to do too."

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