The Philadelphia Flyers have brought in more reinforcements.
Following back-to-back embarrassing losses to close out the month of October, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager and Team President Chuck Fletcher has brought in three more players to help spark the team. The Flyers announced on Thursday morning that they’ve called up forwards German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, and defenseman Philippe Myers while subsequently loaning Mikhail Vorobyev and Samuel Morin to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Morin will be playing with the Phantoms on a conditioning stint so he won’t have to go through waivers. The team has also placed Scott Laughton on Long Term Injured Reserve after undergoing surgery on his right index finger and is still expected to miss three-to-four weeks of action.
Fletcher isn’t playing around here, folks. It seems that if a player isn’t performing up to snuff, they’ll quickly be sent down for someone else, as was the case here with Vorobyev. The Russian centerman looked good in his first game back with the Flyers, posting an assist, but his play’s declined since. Rubtsov undoubtedly has more upside between the two, and I’m excited to see how he’ll perform in his NHL debut. I do worry that this was Vorobyev’s last real opportunity to make the NHL with Philadelphia, though, but not every prospect can pan out, I guess.
I’m pretty darn happy to see Myers back in Philadelphia, even if it’s at the brief expense of Morin. It was clear that Morin had a tough time adjusting to the pace of NHL play, as he saw just eight games of action prior to the game against the New York Islanders. The massive defenseman needs some sort of playing time and getting minutes with the Phantoms for a couple of games should bode well for him. As for Myers, there’s no denying that he was better than the competition the AHL has to offer and is NHL-ready. He should receive third-pairing minutes alongside Shayne Gostisbehere and hopefully will help the 26-year-old defenseman break out of his early-season funk.
We’ll soon see how the lines and pairings will shake out on Friday against the New Jersey Devils, but what is known is that Fletcher wasn’t happy with the Philadelphia’s play as of late and is doing everything in his power to help the team put it behind them.