Lindblom & Sandström Lead Brynäs To The SHL Finals
What a playoff run it has been for Flyers prospects’ Oskar Lindblom and Felix Sandström.
Both play for Brynäs in Sweden’s top professional hockey league, the SHL.
Lindblom had a superb regular season as a 20-year old, putting up 47 points in 52 games along with a +16 rating.
Sandström split starts with veteran goalie David Rautio over the course of the season. The Flyers prospect posted a 2.25GAA, a .908 save percentage, along with 1 shutout in 22 games.
Brynäs finished 5th in the SHL, and playoffs would not be a guarantee for them without Lindblom and Sandström.
Come playoff time, Brynäs decided to go with Rautio as their goalie. Sandström was the backup for the entire first round, while Lindblom scored one goal to go along with four assists in the 4-2 series victory over Linköping.
In the 2nd round, Rautio was out with an illness in Game #1, and that is when Felix Sandström took over. The Flyers 2015 3rd round pick started every game for Brynäs in the seven-game series.
It was a back-and-forth series. When Brynäs trailed 3-2 in the best-of-seven, Lindblom and Sandström were dominant in games 6 and 7.
In game 6, a must-win game for Brynäs, Sandström was incredible, stopping all 32 shots he faced for his first career playoff shutout! Lindblom was a huge factor as well, tallying two assists in the 6-0 victory.
That meant it was down to Game 7 with the series tied 3-3, and the two Flyers prospects failed to disappoint. Lindblom was unstoppable, scoring two goals and adding an assist, while Sandström stopped 37 of a possible 38 shots in a 3-1 win!
The two kids have led Brynäs to the SHL finals, where they will face HV 71!
Lindblom now has 13 points (3 goals and 10 assists) in 13 playoff games! Sandström has a 2.98GAA and .904 save percentage heading into the finals.
It was also confirmed after the game that Lindblom will be heading to the Flyers next season:
Lindblom has a great chance at cracking the Flyers roster out of camp in 2017-18, while Sandström has all the tools needed to be a starter at the NHL level.
For now, Lindblom and Sandström are focused on the SHL finals. They are hoping to lead Brynas to their first SHL title since 2012.