Flyers left wing prospect Oskar Lindblom is making good progress, as his selection to the American Hockey League All-Star Game would attest.
Lindblom was named to fill in for injured Lehigh Valley Phantoms teammate Danick Martel on the Atlantic Division roster at the midseason classic, which will be played at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Utica, N.Y. the weekend of Jan. 28-29.
The 21-year-old Lindblom has been praised by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall for his improved play over the past couple seasons. The Swede enjoyed an outstanding training camp with the Flyers this past September and some consider a move to the NHL at some point a foregone conclusion.
In 41 games with the Phantoms, Lindblom has produced 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points with a plus-3.
At 6-foot-1, 191 pounds, Lindblom is equipped with exceptional skating speed and good hockey sense.
Lindblom was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Other changes for All-Star Game’s Central Division roster include Rockford IceHogs forward Matthew Highmore and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom.
Highmore and Dahlstrom replace Rockford’s Vinnie Hinostroza and Erik Gustafsson, who will be unavailable for the event.
The 2018 All-Star rosters now feature 37 first-time participants, seven former first-round draft choices and 11 more second-rounders. In addition, 26 of the All-Stars have been recalled to the National Hockey League already this season.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Event tickets are priced at $39, $49, $69, $89 and $99, and include admission to both the Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 28 (8 p.m. ET) and the All-Star Challenge on Monday, Jan. 29 (7 p.m. ET). To purchase event tickets, visit the Adirondack Bank Center box office or go online to www.empirestatetix.com.
Additionally, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available now by visiting the Turning Stone Resort Casino box office (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) or by phone at 877-833-7469.
The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony will be held in The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Jan. 29 (11 a.m.), featuring the induction of Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2018 as well as celebrating the careers of honorary All-Star Classic captains Scott Pellerin and Craig Cunningham.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: since 1995, more than 93 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, including Jake Allen, Artem Anisimov, Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Braden Holtby, Tyler Johnson, Martin Jones, Chris Kunitz, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.