The Philadelphia Flyers signed 20-year-old Oskar Lindblom to his entry-level contract on Tuesday. Drafted by the Flyers in 2014 with the 138th overall pick in the fifth round, the young winger has far surpassed any expectations at the time of his draft.
Playing in the Swedish Hockey League, Lindblom ended this season with 22 goals and 25 assists for 47 points in 52 games. He finished with the fourth most points in the league playing with men much older than he is. The points leader in the SHL last year was 33 years old, which speaks to the type of competition that Lindblom was playing against.
Lindblom led his team Brynas to the finals where they lost in seven games. He put up 14 points, four goals and ten assists, in 20 games on their way to the finals loss.
Expect Lindblom to show in the Flyers training camp this year and to more than likely make the team, he could be the winger that the Flyers so desperately need to play along side Claude Giroux.
Lindblom also already had a taste of the North American ice playing eight games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last year where he scored seven points.
Lindblom is going to be one of the core pieces of the Flyers youth movement moving forward and with them gaining the second overall pick in this years draft, there are going to be many new faces on the team this coming season.