Hartford Wolf Pack

Looking to make the leap: Oscar Lindberg

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This season may be the last for Oscar Lindberg to make the leap and join the New York Rangers.

The 23-year-old center, who signed a two-year $1.3 million contract in July, needs to clear waivers, if New York wants to send him to the AHL.

Given Lindberg’s talent, he could be plucked off waivers prior to making his way back to Hartford.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Swede centered the Wolf Pack’s top line last season and finished second in team scoring with 28 goals and 56 points in 75 games. He added three goals and 13 assists in 15 Calder Cup playoff games.

Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander believes Lindberg can contribute at the NHL level.

“He’s very committed to becoming better on faceoffs. He’s had good success (in the AHL) with his percentages and things like that,” said Gernander.“Playing at the NHL level, I think his whole game will translate well. He has offensive upside, and what team wouldn’t want that?”

Originally a second round pick (57th overall) of the Arizona Coyotes in 2010, Lindberg has spent the past two seasons in the AHL. He made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season playing 8:18 in New York’s 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Feb. 24.

Prior to beginning his professional career in North America, Lindberg played with Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League.

In order to crack the Rangers’ lineup this season Lindberg will have to outplay the likes of Jarret Stoll and Dominic Moore – a tall order for a player columnist Larry Brooks says “doesn’t appear to have the checking game, face off prowess or penalty killing ability to replace” Moore.

Trade: Rangers acquire draft pick from Bolts for Walcott

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The New York Rangers have re-acquired the seventh round pick for this month’s draft, which they initially sent to Tampa Bay in the Martin St. Louis deal last season.

In exchange, the Lightning receive prospect Daniel Walcott.

Walcott finished his second season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound, blue liner had seven goals and 41 points in 54 regular season games.

The 21-year-old also appeared in one American Hockey League game with the Hartford Wolf Pack registering a minus-1 rating.

Walcott was originally the Rangers fifth round selection (140th overall) in 2014.

Rangers add depth, recall Bourque

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With just 12 healthy forwards to choose from, the New York Rangers have recalled forward Ryan Bourque from the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Bourque had one assist in five playoff games as the Wolf Pack eliminated the Providence Bruins on Friday night to advance to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

It’s Bourque’s second recall this season.

The 24-year-old made his NHL debut on April 9. Bourque had a shot on goal and a minus-1 rating while playing 11:49 in the Rangers’ 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Bourque had 12 goals and 20 assists in 73 regular season games with the Wolf Pack this season.

New York had 13 forwards on the roster for the Game 1 loss on Thursday night, but that includes Mats Zuccarello, who has been ruled out for the entire series after taking a puck to the face in Game 5 of the first round.