Tyler J. Altemose
March 15, 2011
...and then there were three.
Genesis references aside, GM Paul Holmgren and the Flyers announced this morning that the team has made their third entry-level signing since the March 1 signing period began.
Welcome to the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Oliver Lauridsen.
Lauridsen, a junior out of St. Cloud State University, has made his presence felt at St. Cloud State as both a leader and a physical defenseman.
In an interview with Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times, Lauridsen explained that a lot of work goes into keeping up with the competition when you're his size.
“Being my size, your agility, footwork and your athleticism is huge because if you can’t move, you can’t play at this level,” said Lauridsen, St. Cloud State’s biggest hockey player at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. “During the week, I’ll spend a couple of hours either in the weight room or on the ice (on my own) doing stuff with good movement and agility.”
Prior to coming to St. Cloud State, Lauridsen played junior hockey for three seasons in Sweden.
Hailing from Gentofte, Denmark, Lauridsen played for his country in the World Juniors in 2006 (U18), 2007 (U18), 2008 (U20), and 2009 (U20), winning defensive honors during that time.
In 109 games played for the Huskies of St. Cloud State, Lauridsen has 7 goals,15 assists, and 143 PIM.
Bob Motzko, head coach for the Huskies, explained to Hatten why Lauridsen has been penlized as much as he has.
“When he’s aggressive, he’s got a tough bone in him. He’s a big guy and he gets penalties. But his ability to hit in the open ice is outstanding and I’d say 50 percent of the penalties he gets are called because of his height. He just hits guys up high because he’s so big.”
Maybe one day the Flyers will be able to use that size to their advantage. For now though, Lauridsen continues to prepare as he enters next season as yet another member of the logjam in defense on the Flyers depth chart.
Cover photo courtesy of Dave Schwarz of St. Cloud Times
Full article featuring Oliver Lauridsen in St. Cloud Times can be seen here.