Anders Lindbäck

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Anders Lindbäck
Anders Lindback - Dallas Stars.jpg
Lindback in October 2014.
Born (1988-05-03) May 3, 1988 (age 27)
Gävle, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Brynäs IF
Timrå IK
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dallas Stars
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 207th overall, 2008
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2007–present

Anders Lindbäck (born May 3, 1988) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the NHL for the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Lindbäck with the Lightning.
Lindbäck playing for Ilves (during the 2012–13 NHL lockout).

Junior[edit]

Lindbäck began his career with the Junior 18 Brynäs IF team in 2003 and played his first elite game in 2006. He was loaned out to the Uppsala-based team Almtuna IS of HockeyAllsvenskan for the duration of the 2007–08 season.[2]

Professional[edit]

Lindbäck was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 207th overall, by the Nashville Predators.

On March 25, 2009 Lindbäck signed a contract with Timrå IK with the intent to play for the team during the 2009–10 season.[3]

For the 2010–11 season, Lindbäck made the move to North America, and made his NHL debut on October 9 in relief of Pekka Rinne for the Nashville Predators against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He recorded his first NHL shutout on December 11 against the Florida Panthers, then, just two days later on December 13, Lindbäck recorded his second career shutout against the New York Islanders in back-to-back games.[4]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Lindbäck played for Ilves in the Finnish Liiga. He posted a .930 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average in 12 games.

On June 15, 2012, Lindbäck was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round draft pick, for Sébastien Caron, two second-round draft picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[5]

After two disappointing seasons with the Lightning organization, Lindbäck was not tendered a new contract and was released as a free agent. On July 1, 2014, he was signed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars.[6]

Lindbäck played only 10 games in Dallas before being traded, along with a conditional third-round pick, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for fellow Swedish goaltender Jhonas Enroth.[7]

Lindbäck made his debut for the Sabres in a start on March 3, 2015, against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.[8]

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championship
Bronze 2010 Germany

Anders currently holds the record for shortest time played by any participant in the Ice Hockey World Championships. He played one second in Sweden's win against Germany in the 2010 bronze medal game.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Lindbäck was diagnosed with Adult-onset Still's disease months before he entered the 2008 NHL Draft, which made him get drafted so late despite his excellence.[10] He is close friends with former teammate and fellow Swede Patric Hörnqvist.

Growing up in Gävle, Lindbäck has been a friend of Jacob Markström since childhood, and they both played for Brynäs IF during the 2008–09 season. As a result of Lindbäck's trade to Tampa Bay, they were playing for division rivals (Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers) between 2012 and 2014 until Markström's trade to the Vancouver Canucks.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Brynäs IF Swe-U18 3 178 13 0 4.38
2004–05 Brynäs IF Swe-U18 49 2940 108 7 2.20
2005–06 Brynäs IF Swe-U18 11 666 36 2 3.24
2005–06 Brynäs IF J20 5 257 7 2 1.64 .926
2006–07 Brynäs IF J20 36 2143 81 5 2.27 .905 3 180 6 0 2.00 .908
2007–08 Almtuna IS Swe.1 18 1034 53 0 3.07 .905
2008–09 Brynäs IF J20 3 179 7 0 2.35
2008–09 Brynäs IF SHL 24 1332 57 1 2.57 .916 3 137 7 0 2.37 .916
2009–10 Timrå IK SHL 42 2536 104 3 2.46 .912 5 305 15 0 2.94 .900
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 22 11 5 2 1131 49 2 2.60 .915 1 0 0 13 0 0 0.00 1.000
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4 2 2 0 241 11 0 2.73 .915
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 16 5 8 0 792 32 0 2.42 .912
2011–12 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 1 1 0 119 7 0 3.50 .879
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 10 10 1 1304 63 0 2.90 .902
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 8 12 2 1302 63 1 2.90 .891 4 0 3 215 14 0 3.92 .891
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 1 1 0 117 3 1 1.54 .939
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 10 2 8 0 517 32 0 3.71 .875
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 7 4 2 1 429 12 0 1.68 .946
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 4 8 2 891 41 0 2.76 .924
SHL totals 66 3869 161 4 2.50 .914 8 483 22 0 2.73 .906
NHL totals 111 40 51 7 5937 280 5 2.83 .905 5 0 3 228 14 0 3.68 .890

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anders Lindback". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Profile on Eurohockey.net". Eurohockey.net. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Målvaktsparet klart" (in Swedish). Timrå IK. 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Panthers at Predators". National Hockey League. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Lightning acquire G Lindback from Predators for Caron, picks". The Sports Network. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Dallas Stars sign goaltender Anders Lindback". Dallas Stars. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Sabres’ Enroth traded to Dallas Stars". Sportsnet. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "LINDBACK, D'AMIGO TO DEBUT FOR BUFFALO AGAINST LIGHTNING". Buffalo Sabres. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.iihf.com/competition/352/news/news-singleview-2013/recap/7884.html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=7123&cHash=64f89831c8
  10. ^ "With Pekka Rinne out, Nashville turns its net to Anders Lindback". ontheforecheck.com. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Barndomskampen - då kom första vinsten" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2013-10-27. 

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