The Philadelphia Flyers have signed left wing Oskar Lindblom to a three-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $3.0M, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
Lindblom, 23 (8/15/1996), was in the midst of a breakout year this past season, recording 11 goals, which was tied for the team lead at the time, and 18 points (11g-7a) in 30 games, when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma by leading specialists at the University of Pennsylvania in December. On July 2, he finished his treatments at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital where his medical team deemed him to be without evidence of cancer at this time.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Flyers for the next three seasons," said Lindblom. "The support that the organization, the fans, and the entire NHL has given me has been quite overwhelming. I can't wait to get back skating with the boys and being the professional hockey player I know I can be. I want to thank the Flyers for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to the day I'm back and contributing to the team's success."
Lindblom was recently named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually by the NHL to the player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game of hockey.
Throughout his treatments during the 2019-20 season, Lindblom was a steady presence alongside his teammates with his frequent visits to games and the locker room, and even skated with them during the NHL's Phase 2 of Return to Play.
Overall, Lindblom has recorded 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points in 134 career regular season games through parts of three seasons in the NHL, all with the Flyers. He came to North America on a full-time basis in 2017 following three seasons with Brynas IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where in his final year he was named Swedish forward of the year in after he was second among all SHL players with 22 goals and fourth with 47 points.
A native of Gavle, Sweden, Lindblom was originally selected by the Flyers in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, which was held in Philadelphia. He signed his first deal with the club, a three-year entry-level contact, on May 30, 2017.