If you were able to sit down and talk with Flyers’ head coach John Tortorella, the one thing he would tell you is that all he wants to see is a player who works hard. He would rather see a scrappy guy give it his all and score 10 goals in a season that someone who can score 30 goals and play with a “me first, team second” type of attitude. Players who leave it all out there on the ice, who play hard every single second of a shift are the kind of guys he wants to fill out this roster.
Joel Farabee had spoken highly of Bobby Brink during training camp. Brink also made an impression during the summer development program. His effort has paid off so far as to earn one of the final roster spots coming out of training camp. Brink was injured last year during an offseason workout. He injured his hip and missed most of the season. Tortorella never had a chance to evaluate the young forward. Coming into this season, he had nothing to go on but tape.
If you look at what Brink has done so far, he’s proving his value to the team that didn’t give up on him. In 11 games, he has scored the first three goals in his career with five assists. Right now, he is tied for fifth on the team in points scored with Sean Couturier and is just four points behind Travis Konecny for the team lead.
Brink’s story is just starting out. So far, we are being treated to a heck of a tale. He has come back from a potentially devastating injury, missed half a year of hockey, and has come back strong to earn a starting spot on this team. Now, he is looking like a vital part of the Flyers.
If Brink can keep up this momentum, he will be a welcomed surprise. He came out of nowhere this summer to secure a spot on the Flyers roster. Now, he is among the top scoring threats on this team. His future looks pretty bright. Let’s hope he can keep going on this journey.