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Top 25 Under 25: #24 Matt Lindblad

Lindblad battles with Chris Casto in Boston rookie camp.
Lindblad battles with Chris Casto in Boston rookie camp.

Matt Lindblad

#79 (Camp Number) / LW / Boston Bruins

Height: 6-1
Weight: 201
Born: Mar 23, 1990
2012-2013 Numbers: Dartmouth: 10-18-28, 30GP; P-Bruins: 1-4-5, 4GP
2012-2013 NHLe: 0.23

If you'd never heard of Matt Lindblad before this year's prospect camp, don't worry, you're probably not alone. When Lindblad signed with the Bruins as a free agent on April 5, after playing three seasons at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, there was admittedly a lot happening in Boston.

Lindblad was never drafted into the NHL. In his three seasons at Dartmouth he definitely made some noise, scoring 80 points over 89 games. In his freshman year at Dartmouth, Lindblad was named Ivy League co-rookie of the year. He had 28 points, good for fourth-best on the team. His sophomore year, he missed time due to a few different injuries, only playing in 26 of the team's 34 games - and he still managed to lead the team in assists and tie for second in overall scoring. In his third and final year, he again was second in team scoring with 28 points.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that through 89 career NCAA games, Lindblad took exactly four minor penalties. Four! He hasn't yet taken one for Providence, and it's been five games. The pace he took penalties at in the NCAA was one every 22.5 games. To match that in the AHL this coming year, he'd have to make it pretty much until November without one. Can he do it?

Our Rankings:

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17 n/a 25 n/a 23 18 n/a n/a

(N/A denotes that the player fell outside that individual's Top 25 ranking)

Lindblad is a bit of an enigma at this point in the game - his numbers look great, and he got off to a quick start in the AHL at the end of last season with a goal and four assists in four games. All five points actually came over the course of three games; he had multi-point nights against Norfolk and Bridgeport, and scored his lone goal against Springfield.

If Lindblad continues to be successful in the AHL at the same pace, he should shoot straight up the prospect rankings. As it is, the exit of several key players from Providence in this offseason (Tardif and Bourque, among others) should provide him with the ice time necessary to make his mark.