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Oskar Lindblom is the newest Flyers prospect to make the jump from Europe to the Phantoms. He’s still 19, being one of the youngest players from his 2014 Draft Class where the Flyers selected him in the 5th round, 138th overall.
He had a decent season in Sweden with a line of 8G 17A 25P in 48 games.
Of course, that can be projected to an expected scoring curve in the NHL using the Vollman NHLe Calculations.
Using the above model, Lindblom is expected .3125 points per game in the NHL or 26 points per 82 games. Given that this would he rookie season, and scoring curves increase over time, Lindblom likely has a top line ceiling with a third line floor.
To put Lindblom in perspective, he is ahead of Daniel Alfredsson, who did not even break into Sweden’s top league until he was 20.
On straight Swedish league comparables, Lindblom blows Frans Nielsen out of the water.
Finally, he compares favorably to Alexander Wennberg,a first round pick of Columbus in 2013.
Given the comparable players, it’s a small miracle Lindblom lasted til round 5, but he’s a gem the Flyers potentially have a should serve the Flyers well as a middle six forward.
His ATO with the Phantoms will tell us a lot about what his chances are in terms of being a top six or middle six forward, but no matter what, he should find himself in the Flyers line up by the 2017-18 season.