The fifth-round pick has come a long way since being drafted in 2014. His game has improved drastically, while he has gotten better each and every year. And he knows it.
“Overall, be stronger. Just being older is one thing, but being stronger and faster is where I’ve been better,” Lindblom said when asked how he’s improved since his draft year. He has shown it both in terms of his point totals in the SHL as well as how much his coaching staff relied on him last season.
Lindblom was named the SHL’s top forward last season, and he’s ready to bring his game to the next level. He is working hard towards his goal. Oskar simply wants to “be better every day and try to take a spot on the team. That’s the only thing that matters.”
He’s paid his dues overseas, now it’s time for him to get into the action of North American hockey.
“I’ve played against [pro] guys for a couple of years now but there’s always things you can improve. I just want to play my best here and I’ll play wherever they want me to play,” Lindblom said via the Flyers.
Lindbom’s playstyle isn’t easily defined. He’s hardworking along the boards and on the forecheck, but he can also dazzle a bit with shot and hands in front. It’s his way of playing that will earn him a spot on the team.
He tries to “be strong on the boards and try to put the puck in the net. That’s the thing I do and thing I have to be good at.”
Like Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom is coming into camp looking for a roster spot. Given his talent and experience already playing professional hockey in the SHL, he should be on the Flyers opening night roster.
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