Oskar Lindblom Turning into a Star for Flyers Under Scott Gordon

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens
Jan 19, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Oskar Lindblom (23) during the warm-up session before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t too long ago that Oskar Lindblom was buried on the fourth line, and appeared to be on the outside looking in for the orange and black this season. Fast forward almost three months, and we are really seeing a transformation of this young player. Lindblom has really come into his own under Head Coach Scott Gordon.

Lindblom has taken on a bigger role nowadays. He is a top-six forward at the moment, and Gordon has trusted him to see time on the penalty kill, as well as, seeing time on the second power play unit. Moreover, it’s good to see Lindblom thriving and relishing his new found roles with the big club, “I’m still young and I have to show I can play on this level,” Lindblom stated last week. “I just want to be better every day and show what I can do out there.”

This young up-and-coming star is really starting to bud at the right time. The Flyers are in the midst of a playoff run, well their playoff lives are on life support. Every game is crucial at the moment, and Lindblom appears to be just getting to those areas to help the team win at all costs, “This time of the year too,” Lindblom states, “Gonna be some greasy goals. Gonna have to score those goals if we want to win games. It’s an important part of the game. I like to be there so, why not?”

Coach Gordon really has this young man thriving, “I just feel that he’s trusting me and he wants me out there,” Lindblom says of Head Coach Gordon, “I got more confidence. I think that’s the big part.​” Lindblom’s confidence appears to be through the roof.

The young Swedish forward in Lindblom has been on quite a tear in just his second professional season. He has tallied 19 points in his last 23 games, and his average ATOI the past 5 games is 16:57. Moreover, Lindblom has tallied 12 goals, and 14 assists for a total of 26 points in 65 games played. Simply put, Gordon is trusting Lindblom in every situation at critical times during the game.

Gordon really has done a great job with the youth, mainly Lindblom. Before Gordon, Lindblom’s confidence was shattered, and he was dejected at times. Now Lindblom’s confidence is at an all-time high in North America, and the Flyers are benefitting from his stellar play as of late. This kid seems to be relishing his role as a top-six forward for the orange and black. Moreover, the future is bright for Lindblom, as he becomes more trusted with the coaching staff.

Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports