Lauridsen Opened Up Some Eyes Today
Voorhees - - Last year in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft the Flyers drafted a player out of St. Cloud State named Oliver Lauridsen. Andreas Nodl hails from there and now the next Flyers player to successfully make the jump from St. Cloud State to the NHL could be this 6-6 defenseman.
Don’t look for him to make it to the big club for years to come but right now I have to say that this blueliner is starting make his mark early on in camp and that’s huge for him.
Don Luce, Flyers Director of Player Development, had this to say about their prospect.
“He has great mobility, he’s young (21) and it’s a matter of polishing his game.”
In 43 games last season he had 12 points and 54 PIMS which shows that he plays with an edge which is always penalized at the collegiate level but many times it can be welcomed at the NHL level depending on when you take them and how you do it.
There were only 15 players selected after this Danish player last year yet he can soon be on the fast track to a pro contract in the future if he continues to hit players they way that he did today.
For a big man he has very good catch-up speed. That’s critical as he climbs out of NCAA hockey and to say that he already has an NHL body would be an understatement.
He was able to score a goal today and his skating was really good. But like most college players who haven’t had the same kind of conditioning that CHL players get he was a bit spent after his first day out on the ice but hey I’m sure he’ll adjust.
“There has been a lot of testing,” he stated. “I’ve had a couple of weeks off. In the summer you don’t do battle drills and it gets a little hard.”
At 230 pounds these kinds of players don’t grow on trees and the Flyers scouting staff surely did their homework when they selected him.
“I’ll take every day as it comes and see what happens.”
Odds are the Flyers will stash him in college for at least one more year but if he continues to play like this you never know what might happen.