Oskar Lindblom Not a Lock to Land on Flyers Roster
VOORHEES — Players on the bubble are starting to tighten up, knowing they have one more week to audition with Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and general manager Ron Hextall watching.
Only three more cuts need to be made in training camp and Oskar Lindblom isn’t convinced he’s done enough to lock himself into an NHL job.
Last year, the Swede was among the scoring leaders in his home country. Having signed an entry-level contract, he can play either in the NHL with the Flyers or with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League.
“It’s hard,” the 21-year-old winger said. “Everybody’s just battling hard now and everybody wants a spot on the team so it’s hard to say. There’s one week left, so just go as hard as you can and do your best.”
Earlier in camp he was on the left wing of Claude Giroux’s line. Recently the Flyers’ captain has been a left wing himself and will play there Monday when the Flyers travel to New York to play the Rangers. One side effect of that is that Lindblom has fallen down the depth chart.
He’s trying not to read into the lines, or the fact that he hasn’t factored into the power play units in recent days, but it’s difficult for Lindblom not to micromanage what he’s doing on the ice in practice.