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Boston picks Ryan Lindgren 49th overall

More US defenders!

Ryan Lindgren was been selected 49th overall by the Boston Bruins earlier today. He was ranked 49th among NA skaters.

A product of the USNTDP, he has been described as a defensively minded player. His skating work, smart play, balanced frame, and actual ability when it comes to playing defense. He can throw hits, rarely makes a horrible mistake, wins battles along the boards, keeps the front of the net clear (a major problem last year, if you'll recall), and possesses a strong skating stride and strength that allows him to keep the puck better than most defensemen at this particular level. He has also seen a larger role in team leadership, captaining the development program's U17 and U18 teams for the past three years.

His areas of improvement seem to be that in the US development program, he seems to have hit the ceiling on where he can develop in any of the weaknesses he has, which are admittedly few. As he is going to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (which has tougher competition than anyone the USNTDP faces), one can expect him to improve to adapt. The only other improvement is that he isn't much of a scoring threat, but he's described as a defensively minded defenseman going to a team who needs good low event players so....what's the problem, again? With Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug still in the system, there's no reason to really worry about defenseman scoring. They have that covered.

His current projection is as a second pairing NHL defenseman, just not in the next couple of years. Overall, a safe pick and an easy one to make at this round.

Here are his stats as of this point:

Welcome to Boston, Ryan!