Oskar Lindblom was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 19, 2018. Last night, he made his NHL debut in a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Although his call-up may have been overshadowed by the Petr Mrazek trade, or the upper body injury to Wayne Simmonds, he’s finally here and ready to play some top nine forward minutes.
In his NHL debut, he logged 15:11 TOI and recorded one shot on goal. He came close to scoring on Carey Price at the 8:02 mark in the first period but was unable to convert on a backhand opportunity.
Throughout the rest of the game, he showed that he could work along the boards and also help on the second powerplay unit in the future.
So where exactly did #54 come from? That is a great question.
Lindblom began his hockey career with Brynas IF, where he played for the U16, U18, and U20 junior teams. After putting up a respectable 33 points in 44 games played in his final U20 season, Lindblom was then drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 138th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
For the 2014-2015 SHL Season, Oskar Lindblom was able to earn himself a spot on the Brynas IF professional team.
During this season, he posted eight goals and added seven assists for 15 points in 37 SHL contests. He also appeared in the World Junior Classic in this season. He scored four times and added five assists in seven games against some of the world’s best young talent under the age of 20.
In his next season, he would improve to 25 points in 48 games with his SHL club. He would appear in the World Junior Classic once again where he posted six points in seven games.
He also played eight games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the end of his 2015-2016 season. He put up seven points in eight AHL contests. These are respectable numbers for a young kid who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NHL Entry draft.
Throughout 2016-2017 SHL season, Lindblom was phenomenal. He posted 47 points in 52 games. He was also named Swedish Forward of the Year.
This year, he is learning to adapt to North American ice.
In a top-six forward role with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lindblom has scored 34 points in 54 games played. When Wayne Simmonds went down, GM Ron Hextall thought it was appropriate to call up Lindblom, a player who plays a similar role to Simmonds.
After watching many of Lindblom’s highlights during his 2016-2017 SHL Season, I was definitely able to tell he was a special player.
He isn’t the fastest skater but he is definitely able to move up and down the ice. He has a very nice snapshot with a quick release.
However, he is best at working in front of the net. Lindblom is 6’1 and 198 lbs. He is able to position himself in front of the goalie to create scoring chances.
His best trait has to be his hand-eye coordination. He is able to bat down and deflect pucks into the net.
Overall, he is a skilled player that can definitely work his way into a permanent top nine forward role in the foreseeable future.
For now, we can embrace the time he is currently spending with the Flyers. He will most likely be playing in the game tomorrow against Artemi Panarin and the Colombus Blue Jackets.
The Flyers are currently 3rd in a tight Metropolitan Division race. They need every point they can get to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hopefully, Lindblom can contribute while the Flyers are suffering from a few key injuries.
Written by Ed Stokes (@Eichel_x_15). All Stats Courtesy of Hockeydb.
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