#1. Flyers’ kids graduate from the AHL
"“Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods? Are we in the clear yet?” – Taylor Swift, “Out Of The Woods” (2014)"
As expected, the Flyers will graduate a host of kids from the AHL Phantoms this year, and that group includes Emil Andrae, Tyson Foerster, Bobby Brink, and Sam Ersson. Ersson will assume the role of backup goalie after Tortorella declared him the winner in the battle against Felix Sandstrom, while the other three will presumably compete to be in the lineup on a nightly basis.
Out the gate, it seems Foerster will have the first crack at top-line minutes. The 2020 first-round pick has played alongside Sean Couturier and Joel Farabee a bunch in the preseason – as has Bobby Brink – but Brink has shown to be equally as effective in a variety of different places in the lineup.
The Flyers have one too many forwards, so these guys won’t be out of the woods all of the time. It may not happen next year either, as Owen Tippett and Ryan Poehling are the only pending free agents in this forward group and they’re both restricted free agents.
In short, the kids are not in the clear just yet, but they’re sure to add some excitement, energy, and skill to a Philly team that’s needed it for some time now.
All lyrics used in the exercise are credit of Genius.
The Flyers will officially begin their season on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. when they face the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.