The 200th overall pick this year, Lindewall was always going to have an uphill climb to reach the NHL. The 6’2″ winger is a puck-protection specialist that scored 28 points in 39 games with MODO’s U20 team last season and has spent a good chunk of this year with the professional club. He has just three points in 12 games at the Allsvenskan level (Sweden’s AHL equivalent) but even the fact that he’s playing there already is a good sign.
For a player like Lindewall, who was drafted out of Sweden, the Oilers are given four years to sign him before his exclusive draft rights expire. Even with this extension, they’ll have plenty of time to get him under contract and into the system if they believe he is worth an entry-level deal. For now, Edmonton fans can just watch from afar and hope for success.