Oskar Lindblom (born 15 August 1996) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
15 August 1996|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
San Jose Sharks|
138th overall, 2014|
Lindblom was born on 15 August 1996 in Gävle, Sweden. One of his childhood idols was Washington Capitals player Nicklas Bäckström, also from Gävle. Lindblom's father Johan played for several Swedish hockey teams. Lindblom and his two brothers, Marcus and Linus, began playing hockey at a young age, helped by their father.
All three brothers began playing hockey in the Brynäs IF junior ice hockey system. He was named as captain for the Brynäs under-16 team in the 2011–12 season, but was promoted to the under-18 team after scoring 18 points in nine games. He made two appearances at the TV-pucken tournament, playing for Gästrikland in 2011 and 2012. In his first year, Lindblom was second on the team in goals (four) and points (seven). The next year, as alternate captain, he scored 20 points in eight games, the second-highest of anyone in the tournament. Going into the draft, Lindblom had 13 goals and 33 points in 43 games with Brynäs in the J20 SuperElit, the highest level of junior play in Sweden.
Lindblom's career began with Brynäs IF, where he played on the U16, U18 and U20 junior teams. Beginning with the 2014–15 season, his outstanding play earned him a spot on their professional team who compete in the Swedish Hockey League, the country's top division. Lindblom was selected by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the 5th round (163rd overall) of the 2013 KHL Junior Draft. He was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2016–17 season with Brynäs IF, Lindblom finished fourth in scoring league-wide with 47 points in 52 games. He was named Forward of the Year at the end of the season.
On 30 May 2017, Lindblom was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then assigned to the Flyers American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. On 18 January 2018, Lindblom was selected to replace Phantoms teammate Danick Martel at the 2018 AHL All-Star game. Lindblom was called up to the NHL for the first time on 19 February 2018, and played his first career NHL game two days later against the Montreal Canadiens. He recorded his first NHL point on 17 March against the Carolina Hurricanes. The next day against the Washington Capitals, Lindblom scored his first career NHL goal in a 6–3 win. Following the Flyers defeat in Round 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Lindblom was loaned to the Phantoms to play in their post-season.
On 13 December 2019, Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. The diagnosis was expected to effectively end his season. On 2 July 2020, Lindblom completed his chemotherapy treatments. Following his cancer battle, Lindblom was named as one of three finalists for the 2019–20 Masterton Trophy alongside Bobby Ryan and Stephen Johns.
On 22 July 2020, the Flyers signed Lindblom to a three-year, $9 million contract extension. On 3 September, Lindblom returned to play in a Game 6 victory against the New York Islanders. He spent 17:30 minutes on ice, which included three shot attempts, two hits and one block.
On 18 April 2021, the Flyers honored Lindblom at their annual Hockey Fights Cancer game, his first since returning to play post-cancer diagnosis and treatment. After the regular season Lindblom was announced as a finalist for the Masterton Trophy for the second consecutive year, and on 15 June, he was named as winner of the trophy.
Following the 2021–22 season, in a move that was panned by both reporters and fans, the Flyers bought out the remainder of Lindblom's contract with one year remaining.
San Jose SharksEdit
On 13 July 2022, Lindblom signed as a free agent to a two-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
|2013 Drummondville and Victoriaville|
Lindblom competed as a member of Team Sweden at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he led Sweden to a Gold Medal as the tournament's leading scorer.
On 9 May 2019, Lindblom was named to make his senior international debut with Sweden at the 2019 World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Lindblom's older brother Marcus plays for Strömsbro IF of Hockeyettan. Their younger brother Linus plays in the Brynäs IF system.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2011–12||Brynäs IF||J18 Allsv||17||6||7||13||8||1||0||1||1||0|
|2012–13||Brynäs IF||J18 Allsv||11||11||7||18||10||8||4||5||9||2|
|2013–14||Brynäs IF||J18 Allsv||2||3||1||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||8||2||5||7||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Lehigh Valley Phantoms||AHL||54||16||18||34||10||11||4||3||7||0|
|2022–23||San Jose Sharks||NHL||73||6||9||15||18||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||2020–21|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal||2013|||
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge scoring leader||2013|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team||2013|||
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- ^ Bracy, Aaron (20 February 2018). "Voracek scores pair of late goals as Flyers rally past Canadiens in overtime". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
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- ^ Kimelman, Adam (18 March 2018). "Flyers defeat Capitals, gain in Metropolitan". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- ^ "F Oskar Lindblom, D Travis Sanheim Returned to Lehigh Valley". phantomshockey.com. 23 April 2018. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- ^ "Flyers' Lindblom out rest of the season with rare cancer". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
- ^ Bengel, Chris. "Flyers' Oskar Lindblom rings bell to signal end of chemotherapy treatments". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- ^ Satriano, David. "Masterton Trophy finalists announced". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- ^ "Flyers sign LW Oskar Lindblom to three-year contract extension". National Hockey League. 22 July 2020. Archived from the original on 23 July 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- ^ Kimelman, Adam (3 September 2020). "Lindblom plays in Flyers' win against Islanders in Game 6 of second round". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 8 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
Lindblom had three shot attempts, two hits and one block in 17:30 of ice time
- ^ "Hockey Fights Cancer Night: Flyers honor Lindblom, teen battling cancer serves as 'honorary coach'". 6abc Philadelphia. 19 April 2021. Archived from the original on 24 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
- ^ Leahy, Sean (8 June 2021). "Dumba, Lindblom, Marleau named 2020–21 Masterton Trophy finalists". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
- ^ "Oskar Lindblom awarded Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. 15 June 2021. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
- ^ O'Connor, Charlie. "Lindblom buyout another example of a plan lacking coherency and consistency". The Athletic. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
- ^ "Sharks Sign Forward Oskar Lindblom". National Hockey League. 13 July 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
- ^ "3 Stars of the Day". Hockey Canada. 9 September 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- ^ "Sweden announces roster for 2019 World Championships". swehockey.se (in Swedish). 9 May 2019. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- ^ "Marcus Lindblom". eliteprospects.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
- ^ "Linus Lindblom at eliteprospects.com". eliteprospects.com. Archived from the original on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
- ^ "Sweden Wins Gold Medal at 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge". Hockey Canada. 9 September 2013. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- ^ "WHC U17 final results". Erie Otters. 2 October 2013. Archived from the original on 11 July 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database