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Flyers sign forward prospect Oskar Lindblom to entry-level deal

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Help is on the way.

Desperate for scoring along with more youth up front, the Flyers finally signed their top European prospect on Tuesday.

Swedish forward Oskar Lindblom has inked his three-year NHL entry-level contract, paving the way for him to be among the forwards on the opening night roster this coming fall. The annual average value on the contract is $925,000 per season.

"I'm very proud and honored to have [signed] my first NHL contract with the [Flyers]," he tweeted this afternoon.

The 20-year-old scored 22 goals and 47 points in this third season with Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League last season and is considered to be NHL-ready, although he will still have to earn his keep during training camp in September.

His appearance is every bit as anticipated as Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov's was last season, although Provorov was already playing junior hockey in North America. Along the same lines as Provorov, who dominated the Western Hockey League at Brandon, Lindblom was a dominant player in one of Europe's finest leagues.

What separates Lindblom from other top Flyers prospects such as German Rubtsov is that he is a natural left winger and not a centerman, which the organization is top-heavy with.

"Oskar, he's had a great year," general manager Ron Hextall said last month after the Flyers' season ended. "He's in a really good league. He's a good hockey player. He's come a long way since his draft year. The Swedish Elite League is a very good league and he's done a good job.

 

"I hope he's here in September fighting for a spot along with a number of other guys."

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Lindblom was the Flyers' fifth-round pick (138th overall) in the 2014 NHL draft.  

Lindblom finished the season ranked second in the SHL in goals and fourth in overall points. He then compiled four goals and 14 points in 20 playoff games and was named the SHL's Forward of the Year.

Born in Gavle, Sweden, Lindblom compiled 38 goals and 49 assists for 87 points during his career with Brynas. He also represented Sweden at the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Championships, registering seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 14 games.