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ECHL: Cincinnati Cyclones goalie heads abroad to Finland

Brandon Hawkins shoots OIof Lindbom

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Olof Lindbom, who was drafted 39th overall by the New York Rangers in Round 2 of the 2018 NHL Draft, will head overseas to play for the Lahden Pelicans of Finland. Last season, he played a total of 29 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL Central Division and also played seven games with the former AHL Affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack, including one Calder Cup Playoff Game. Despite seeing a lot of playing time, he didn’t have the best year, posting a 10-15-3 record, 3.56 GAA and a .884 Save Percentage in the regular season with the Cyclones. In his only Calder Cup Playoff game with the Wolf Pack, things did not go well as he let in five goals and stopped 23 of 28 shots against the Hershey Bears in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals, resulting in a 6–1 loss .

Lindbom’s career:

Olof Lindbom had a successful career in several Swedish leagues during his teenage years. He was selected by the New York Rangers with the 39th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. However, he failed to make it to the NHL over the past six years in the US. He spent most of his time in the ECHL, playing for Jacksonville and Cincinnati, but also played some time with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. It’s possible that when he heads to Finland to further refine his skills, he’ll get another chance to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL in the near future.

Photo via Hector Urcia/InsideTheRink

Awards:

U17 WHC All-Star
Team U17 WHC GolHlinkaal
Bronze medal commemorating Ivan Hlinka
J18 SM gold medal
J18 SM Playoffs MVP
U18 WJC All-Star Team
U18 WJC Best Goalkeeper
U18 WJC bronze medal
U18 WJC Top 3 player of team

J20 SM bronze medal

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Matthew Buhrmann

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