Oliver Lauridsen
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Oliver Lauridsen

Hometown:

Gentofte Denmark

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-03-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (196th overall), 2009

Weight:

229 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Oliver Lauridsen played his first season at St. Cloud State University where he played in 28 games and posted one assist. That assist came in the Huskies 6-2 win over Minnesota State-Mankato back on Dec. 6. Lauridsen also finished fifth on the team with 38 penalty minutes.

2009-10: In his second season with St. Cloud State, Lauridsen continued to make strides in his offensive game. He registered 6 goals and 6 assists and was +7 with 54 PMs in 43 games as the Huskies’ finished third in the WCHA. St. Cloud State reached the conference championship game and advanced to the NCAA West Regional Final. Lauridsen was named to the WCHA All Academic Team.

2010-11: Lauridsen made his pro debut with AHL Adirondack after signing a two-year, entry-level deal with the Flyers in March 2011 following his junior season at St. Cloud State. He was scoreless and +1 while accumulating 30 PMs in two games with the Phantoms. Lauridsen skated in 37 of 38 games for the Huskies, who finished tied for eighth in the WCHA after their successful season a year earlier. Lauridsen was second on the Huskies with 51 PMs and was +6 while scoring 1 goal with 8 assists.

2011-12: Lauridsen skated in 65 games for Flyers’ AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. Making the adjustment from college to pro hockey, he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was minus-five with 85 penalty minutes. The Phantoms missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Northeast Division.

2012-13: Lauridsen was called up by the Flyers at the end of March and skated in 15 games for Philadelphia in his second pro season. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 34 penalty minutes; averaging 15 minutes of ice time. Lauridsen spent most of the season with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate in Adirondack. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists in 59 games with the Phantoms and was -2 with 77 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Lauridsen is a huge defenseman from Denmark with great size and reach. A team player with a good work ethic. Is aggressive and physical with the potential to become a very capable stay-at-home defenseman in the future. Mobility, in terms of skating, agility and acceleration, needs improvement.

 

Future

Lauridsen will play for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL in 2013-14.

 

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