Raw Grade: C+
Eakins Adjusted Bell-Curve Grade: C+
Hampus Lindholm had a bit of a rough road this season, being able to suit up for only 18 of the Ducks’ 56 games. Within those games, he proved that he was the Anaheim Ducks’ best defensive player and perhaps most important player on the blue line. He also perhaps proved that injuries are taking a toll on his body.
Lindholm’s quantifiable results typically line up with the rest of his career within a margin of error, however, the typically mistake-free player, definitely made a few lapses of judgment that perhaps we have seen much of in past seasons.
Errant passes, fumbling the puck, amongst other little things, raised their heads at various points in his game. Nothing major, and nothing really worth discussing, other than to note that Lindholm has missed games in nearly every season he has played. In only 4 of his 8 seasons, has Lindholm played in excess of 70-games, this season included (obviously far less than 50% of games played).
With that said, Lindholm’s value is such that they couldn’t possibly be considering him as trade bait. Once again, he put in an excellent season, abridged as it was. Not excellent enough to be in Norris considerations, but excellent enough to be an invaluable tool for the Ducks moving forward. However, the shortened nature of this season has hamstrung his grade.