Oskar Lindblom, the Flyers 2014 5th round draft pick, has proven to be a diamond in the rough.
Recently, his coach in Sweden confirmed that Lindblom will be playing with the Flyers at the start of next season, which means he will finally get the chance to prove himself at the professional level.
Oskar Lindblom's coach has confirmed that he will be leaving Sweden to come to the Flyers next season! Huge upgrade at wing
— Flyers Nation (@PHLFlyersNation) April 17, 2017
Lindblom, 20, has spent the last three seasons with Brynas IF Gavle of the Swedish Hockey League, who are currently are in the final series, and are tied 1-1 with HV71. Before heading to the NHL, Lindblom looks to win a European championship.
In three seasons in the SHL, Lindblom posted 87 points with 47 of them coming from this season.
It looks like good things come to those who wait as the Flyers have been looking for an upgrade at the wing position. Instead of trading for a declining winger at the deadline, GM Hextall decided to wait for the right time, and it looks like they will finally get one in Lindblom. This young winger has some serious skill as he has showcased some serious highlight reel plays all season.
Here are my way-too-early line predictions for the start of the 2017 season.
First line: Konecny-Giroux-Simmonds
second line: Lindblom-Filppula-Voracek
third line: Schenn-Couturier-Weal
fourth line: Bellemare-Vecchione-Weise
This roster can stand if Michael Raffl gets taken by Las Vegas, Matt Read gets scratched, and Nick Cousins get traded. This is also assuming Roman Lyubimov goes back to the KHL and Chris Vandevelde goes far, far away from Philadelphia. Another question mark here could be where Laughton fits in on the team if at all.
Lindblom will almost surely make the roster as the Flyers are desperate for an upgrade at left wing.
In addition to Lindblom coming to the Flyers, defensemen Sam Morin and Robert Hagg are reportedly NHL ready. Hextall’s plan for the young guys is beginning to take shape, and us Philly fans have the pleasure of watching it all unfold.
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