Anton Lindholm

Colorado Avalanche
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Fantasy Summary

Defensive defenseman with good hit/block stats but no offensive instincts


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 2.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 29, 1994
Height 5‘11”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 5; Overall: 144

Observations

March 2019 – Lindholm has a miserable 7 points in 53 AHL contests this season, but more disappointingly lost his status as preferred call-up to fellow d-man Ryan Graves. His play is not outstanding for any reason in the AHL. At this point, he is only an NHL option on teams with terrible depth, and should not be relied on in fantasy circles. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – Lindholm began the 2018-19 season in IR with an undisclosed injury, but has since returned and is playing in the AHL. He’s not around for his scoring, but only having 1 point in 9 contests so far is not good, and he does not stand out often when he’s on the ice (for better or for worse). Should not be a fantasy option unless you’re in dire need of depth hit/block options. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2018 – On a bottom-pair that rotated players in and out of the press box very often, Lindholm ended up with 48 games played. The only fantasy-relevant numbers he produced were hits (99) and blocks (51) and his TOI (13 minutes average) was too low to believe he is trusted by coaches. As the Avs pipeline churns out more and more talent, he is on the fringe of being usurped and receiving even fewer games going forward. Hayden Soboleski

November 2017 – Lindholm has suffered a broken jaw and is out indefinitely. He was rotating in and out of the lineup, and not looking particularly good (not that that anyone on the blueline is right now). He has not gained fantasy relevance. Hayden Soboleski October 2017 – Not on the opening night roster, Lindholm has been recalled and drawn in for the Avs’ second game of the season. The waiver addition of Nemeth adds an obstacle for Lindholm but he had a strong enough pre-season to warrant a rotation in-and-out of the NHL lineup and press box. He stil lacks offensive upside so is not worth a fantasy pickup unless he plays himself into top-four minutes. Hayden Soboleski March 2017 – Lindholm has been recalled to the Avs nearing the end of a very developmental first AHL season. The defender has been quietly studying the North American game and has become a reliable presence on the blueline in San Antonio, even finding slightly more offensive success than he did in Sweden. Dont expect much fantasy value outside peripherals from Lindholm, who is a better real-life asset than fantasy. Hayden Soboleski October 2016 – The Avs have assigned Lindholm to the AHL for the upcoming campaign. The steady defender is not high on the organizational depth chart, but has promise as a minute-muncher down the road. A few steady AHL seasons will be required before he earns a shot on the Avs, so he isn’t worth taking a waiver on even in the deepest, hit-loving leagues. Hayden Soboleski May 2016 – The Avalanche have signed defenseman Anton Lindholm to an entry-level contract. They took their time doing so, as the window was closing to get the 2014 5th-round-pick signed. He will presumably join the AHL Rampage next season, as he will be near the end of a long list of players pushing for an NHL look out of training camp. Expect at least a season or two in the AHL before being considered for (at most) a third-pairing role, and dont bother putting him on your fantasy radar. Hayden Soboleski Lindholm won’t be a fantasy contributor in any category other than hits (in which he led the Skelleftea squad in 2015-16); he has been signed due to his defensive capabilities, most recently showcased on Team Sweden at the World Cup. He has never been a point producer, but has become a relied-upon stalwart in his own end. He uses his head and above-average skating ability to keep with plays and eliminate the opponent’s chances. His ice time increases when playoff time comes – a good indicator that coaches trust him to get the job done when the other team’s best players are on the ice. An undisclosed injury kept him out of nearly half the 2015-16 season for Skelleftea (he played 30 of 52 games), but there seems to be no reason he won’t be ready to report to North America in 2016-17.


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Västerbotten TV-Pucken 8 1 1 2 22 |          
  Skellefteå AIK U16 U16 SM 3 0 1 1 2 |          
  Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Elit 6 1 1 2 25 |          
  Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 8 0 1 1 4 |          
 2010-2011 Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Elit 21 9 9 18 14 |          
  Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 16 0 6 6 22 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2
  Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 3 0 0 0 4 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 6 1 0 1 6 |          
 2011-2012 Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 4 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 43 1 3 4 20 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 37 1 9 10 24 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 1 1 2 4 |          
 2013-2014 Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 39 1 5 6 34 |          
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 7 0 0 0 4 | Playoffs 14 1 2 3
  Piteå HC Division 1 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 8 1 1 2 27 |          
 2014-2015 Skellefteå AIK SHL 35 0 7 7 35 | Playoffs 15 1 4 5
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 11 2 0 2 4 |          
  Malmö Redhawks Allsvenskan 5 1 2 3 2 |          
 2015-2016 Skellefteå AIK SHL 30 0 4 4 18 | Playoffs 16 0 1 1
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 6 0 1 1 6 |          
  Sweden WC 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden (all) International 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 2 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 62 2 11 13 39 |          
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 48 0 4 4 14 |          
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 57 1 7 8 16 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1

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