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08-23-2011, 03:36 AM
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Your post about Lindbergh's accomplishments before he came to the NHL made me think.

I still don't put into stock into what he did in the AHL, as the modern AHL is just a league of guys who aren't in the NHL yet or never will be.

But what he did at a high level in Europe before the age of 22 does mean something, and I think I underrated him just a tad.

He does have the one significant season in Europe - 78-79 - when he finished 9th in Golden Stick voting. You guess is as good as mine as to where that places him in the world that year. But I think it's enough to make his "regular season" record basically equal to Johnny Mowers.

Mowers still has the advantage in the playoffs, however. You can give Lindbergh some credit for the bronze medal in the 1980 Olympics if you like (though how much is uncertain as I'm not sure he was Sweden's undisputed starter). But even so, playing 5 games in the Olympics is definitely not as impressive as any of Mowers' three good playoff runs.

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