Last week I posted a list of the top five Philadelphia Flyers to watch and recent AHL call-up Oliver Lauridsen was fourth on that list. That was a mistake because he should have been much higher on the list.
Shortly after Lauridsen was called up to the Philadelphia Flyers to make his rookie debut, they went on a four game winning streak. It was a team effort, but it was nice to see Lauridsen contributing so much on the blue line. When you look at what he’s done so far, you kind of have to wonder why it took the team so long to call him up.
Despite the team’s most recent debacle to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, I think Lauridsen is a good addition to the Flyers. I thought he was a good prospect to watch when Trial on the Isle was going on and I liked that he was also at training camp this season. He just didn’t make the final roster cut, which may have had to do with his numbers.
Lauridsen is not putting up a lot of numbers, but I like what he’s doing regardless. He is physical on the ice and matched with his 6-foot-6 frame we’re already seeing that it will go a long way for the team. He is also making smart checks and hits to keep his opponents out of his zone.
These are all keys things every defensemen should be doing on the ice. For some reason, the Flyers have trouble doing this while also trying to block the puck from going into their own net. If Lauridsen can learn to do both he’ll be set and will be a successful defenseman for the Flyers.
I have no doubts that Lauridsen will be good for this team, especially due to his size. This might also become an intimidation factor to his opponents which is always a good thing.