Well this is just an awesome update, especially at such a bummer of a time. Sure, the NHL season may still be on hold right now but I'll take a healthy Lindblom over anything. And from the sounds of it, that's the direction this detour in Oskar Lindblom's playing career is heading in.
Lindblom was first diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) back in December.
Obviously it was a tough pill to swallow because he was on pace to have a breakout season with 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games before the diagnosis. But it was an even tougher pill to swallow because he's a kid who nobody ever had a single bad word to say about. Just a great kid who loves his team, works his ass off and works his ass off. So it was doubly heartbreaking since you were bummed for both the player and the person. But I don't think there was anyone out there who thought that this would be the end of Oskar's story.
Throughout the rest of the season, there weren't a ton of updates about Oskar but every time you heard about him it seemed like he was the one who was lifting everyone else's spirits at the rink. The team was on a tear and he couldn't be out there with them. It would be pretty easy to be a little down on himself in that situation but it always seemed like he was keeping the positive vibes flowing at the rink, and 4.5 months later it looks like he's finally ready to close out the 3rd period of this battle.
There's going to be a time when Oskar Lindblom throws that Flyers sweater back on and steps back onto the ice with the boys again. There's going to be a time when Oskar Lindblom scores another goal in a Flyers uniform and it's going to be glorious. You play against a lot of great opponents in the NHL but Oskar Lindblom has gone through a 7-game series for his life and it's looking like he's advancing to the next round. No offense to any other team in the NHL but that level of competition doesn't even come close. It's going to rule when he's back out there.