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Weight: 220 lbs
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Hometown: Gentofte, Denmark
Acquired: 7th round (196 overall) of 2009 entry draft
Lauridsen is a huge defenseman from Denmark with great size and reach. A team player with a good work ethic. Is aggressive and physical with the potential to become a very capable stay-at-home defenseman in the future. Mobility, in terms of skating, agility and acceleration, needs improvement. – Eliteprospects.com
Oliver Lauridsen spent his first year of draft eligibility with Linkoping’s J20 team in Sweden. The defensive minded defenseman showed little offensive ability as he finished with a mere two assists in 34 games. As a result, Lauridsen went undrafted in the 2007 entry draft.
Lauridsen return to Linkoping for the 2007-2008 season. He showed a bit improvement in his offensive game as he tallied 5 goals and 6 assists in 35 games. However, his modest improvement wasn’t enough for scouts as he went undrafted once again in 2008.
He decided for a change of direction in his hockey career and came over to North America to play for St. Cloud State University in the NCAA. Lauridsen again showed little offensive ability in his game, but his size and physical play combined with the fact that he had four years to develop in the NCCA made him an attractive project pick. The Flyers drafted him with the 196th selection of the 2009 entry draft.
Lauridsen played all 43 games for the St. Cloud Huskies as he established himself as a mainstay on the blue line during his sophore season. It proved to be a year of career bests for him. He set a career high in goals with 6 and points with 12. He was also a +8 on the year.
In his final season, Lauridsen established himself as a top pairing defenseman for the Huskies. He failed to match his previous season’s totals, but he set a career high in assists with 9. He finished with 9 points (1 g, 8 a) on the year in 37 games. He was also a +6. At the conclusion of his college season, he signed a professional contract with the Flyers. He joined the Adirondack Phantoms for two games before injuring his shoulder.