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Here’s what you need to know about Gustav Lindström

Gustav Lindström. Who’s he, you ask?

The Swede was acquired by the Habs earlier today in the deal that sent Jeff Petry to Detroit.

Lindström is a 24-year-old defenseman. He was drafted in the 2nd round (38th overall) by the Wings in 2017 and has played a total of 128 NHL games since the start of his career.

He is described as a defensive-minded defenseman, not unlike Johnathan Kovacevic. The two players’ styles are very similar…

And that makes me wonder if he’ll have a place in the CH lineup for the season opener on October 11 in Toronto.

But Gustav Lindström is young and has great potential. He is under contract until the end of the 23-24 campaign and will be an RFA in the summer of 2024. He will be eligible for arbitration.

Sounds like I’m looking forward to training camp even more, because we’re all going to have a great time following and dissecting the performance of the Habs’ new defenseman.

After all, we don’t know much about him in Montreal, since he used to play in Detroit. We don’t really know what he can bring to the CH blue line (if he makes the team), and that’s what’s intriguing right now.

The return obtained in the Jeff Petry transaction is rather modest, and perhaps Lindström’s future will never be in Montreal. That said…

Kent Hughes did the right thing by trading the veteran defenseman. In fact, he did him one hell of a favor by sending him home to Detroit…


For what it’s worth…

But here’s one of Gustav Lindström’s two NHL goals. It was his first career goal:

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