2010-11: Oskar Lindblom, a native of Gavle, joined his older brother Marcus Lindblom on the hometown club Brynas’ U16 team; skating in eight games as a 14-year-old. He scored 8 goals with 8 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. Playing alongside Marcus for Gastrikland in the annual TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and had 2 penalty minutes in eight games.
2011-12: Lindblom played for Brynas’ U18 and U16 teams. He was the second-leading scorer for Sweden’s U16 team and led all goal scorers in the TV-Pucken tournament. He scored 12 goals with 14 assists in 20 regular season games for the Brynas U18 team and was +15 with 8 penalty minutes. In one playoff game he had an assist. Named captain of the Brynas U16 team he scored 11 goals with 8 assists and was +8 with 2 penalty minutes in eight U16 games. Lindblom scored 9 goals with 7 assists and was +18 with 4 penalty minutes in 11 international games with Sweden’s U16 team. He scored 14 goals with 6 assists and was +16 with 2 penalty minutes for Gastrikland in eight TV-Pucken games.
2012-13: Lindblom appeared in three games with Brynas in the U20 SuperElit league as a 16-year-old and was the second-leading scorer for the club’s U18 team. He represented Sweden in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge and the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal and was +1 in his SuperElit stint. Lindblom scored 31 goals with 28 assist in 30 games for Brynas’ U18 team, finishing one point behind his brother Marcus for the team scoring lead. He had 4 goals with 5 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in eight playoff games as Brynas won the U18 championship. In five games at the U18 WJC he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2. Lindblom scored 8 goals with 5 assists in six games at the WHC. He was selected by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2013 KHL Draft.
2013-14: Lindblom made his SHL debut — appearing in four games with Brynas — and skated for the club’s U20 team. He played for the Sweden U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2014 World Juniors tournaments. Lindblom had no points nor penalties and was minus-2, averaging 3:09 minutes of ice time per game in SHL play with the fourth-place club. An assistant captain for the Brynas U20 team, he scored 13 goals with 20 assists and was plus-2 with 28 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Lindlom scored 6 goals with 1 assist while finishing plus-4 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games as Brynas captured the U20 bronze medal. Lindblom scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was plus-4 in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in August and scored 3 goals with 3 assists, finishing plus-5 with 2 penalty minutes, for Sweden at the WJC. He was ranked 23rd amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Lindblom slipped to the lower rounds of the draft, but has developed since he was picked. Skating was the biggest question mark for Lindblom and a weak spot of his game, but it improved drastically over the 2014-15 season. Lindblom goes hard to the net and likes to stick around once there. He’s someone who offers up his body in the corners and in the slot. He has decent hands in tight and does have an eye for finding his linemates. He’s a player who is ready to go where it hurts and take punishment to make things happen. Lindblom is defensively aware and plays the game in all three zones. Sometimes shows some above-average cleverness and tends to enjoy the trust of his coaches.
Lindblom spent most of the 2014-15 season in the SHL, appearing in 27 games and adding 15 points for Brynas. He remained in Europe and will again play for Brynas in 2015-16, and will likely compete for Sweden at the World Junior Championships this winter.