Philadelphia Flyers prospect Oskar Lindblom has catapulted himself up the ranks of prospects in the organization’s system, and that’s not just because Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny are both in the show.
Lindblom is having himself a tremendous season for Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League, flirting with the league lead in points all season and pushing both his teammates and the competition to be better despite being just 20 years old.
“It pushes us together. He is a player that is constantly evolving, forcing the rest of us to become better too. He will cross the Atlantic and play in the future,” said teammate Kevin Clark in an interview with hockeysverige.se over the weekend.
Clark currently leads the SHL in goals scored, but Lindblom is breathing right down his neck. Clark has 22 goals to Lindblom’s 21 as the pair sit atop the leaderboard, but Lindblom has him beat in total points. The 20-year-old has 44 points (21 goals, 23 asssists) this season compared to Clark’s 36 (22 goals, 14 assists).
“You can see how much he had grown only since the start of this season. He has speed, he has skill, he has hockey IQ.”
The reviews continue to be shiny for undoubtedly the best forward prospect in the Flyers’ pipeline, and it’s seeming more and more likely that the Swede has what it takes to make the NHL squad out of training camp come this fall.
“I think he can play in the NHL already this season if he gets the chance, but it’s up to him and up to Philadelphia. But he is definitely ready,” Clark said about his teammate Lindblom.
With his strong frame (6’2″, 192 lb), consistent improvement in his abilities and maturity of all aspects of his game, the odds that Lindblom makes the front office that drafted him in the fifth round in 2014 look like they’re damn good at their jobs continue to grow. Lindblom had 25 points (8G, 17A) in 48 games last season and has already crushed that total with his 44 in 50 games in 2016-17.
He knows how to drive the net and finish in close, which is something the Flyers would certainly welcome to the mix right about now, but he’s also a well-rounded talent. The more we learn about Lindblom through the games, scouting reports, teammate and executive accounts and diligent fans/analysts like our own Alex Appleyard, the more we get excited about the thought of him joining a forward group in desperate need of a player like him.
Be sure to check out the rest of the interview with Kevin Clark, though you may have to translate from Swedish to English. Also make sure you’re following our resident European scout Alex Appleyard on Twitter. He’s a steady flow of great tidbits and analysis on Lindblom and the handful of other exciting prospects that the Flyers are grooming overseas.
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