Charlie Lindgren to represent Team USA at Worlds

The Caps goalie and best story gets to showcase his skills some more
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals
Charlie Lindgren, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After a stellar and outstanding season with the Washington Capitals, Charlie Lindgren will get a chance to showcase his skills to the hockey world once more. He will represent the United States in Czechia at the 2024 IIHF World Championship where he'll join the likes of Ryan Leonard on the same team. Martin Fehervary is suiting up for Slovakia.

Lindgren joins after USA lost Alex Lyon due to injury. The 30 year old netminder went 25-16-7 with a 2.67 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and six shutouts with the Caps this season.

The native of Lakeville, Minnesota set single season career highs in games played, starts with 48, as well as wins and shutouts. His six shutouts tied for the league lead and ranks eighth in save percentage and ninth in goals against average among goalies with 50 or more games played, per the Caps.

A new American hero on the Caps?

There are some fan theories that Lindgren is joining USA to help convince Ryan Leonard to join the Caps. As we last noted and the team confirmed, they fully support the kid to continue his education at Boston College at this time.

Lindgren most importantly was trusted down the stretch as he got the nod in net with a record of 12-6-2 with a 2.39 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts. His 12 wins from March 7 through the end of the regular season ranked first in the NHL while his three shutouts in that stretch were tied for first.

The six foot two, 185 pound goaltender made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on April 21 and would go on to start all four of the Caps postseason contests against the New York Rangers.

Lindgren previously represented the USA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship but did not appear in a game. He attended school at St. Cloud University where he went 51-29-3 with a 2.21 goals against average and a .909 save percentage along with eight shutouts.

What Lindgren brings to Team USA is stability in goal. So far they are 4-1 in the round robin play before tournament play begins. He can definitely help USA get some wins down the stretch just like he did with the Caps.