Just a day after signing a three year entry-level contract, defenseman Samuel Morin was sent to Rimouski Océanic, his junior club, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Two other players were also sent to their junior clubs. Forward Tyrell Goulbourne was sent to the Kelowna Rockets and Forward Taylor Leier was sent to the Portland Winterhawks. Both clubs are part of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
The Flyers also released defenseman Todd Orlando from his tryout contract.
In addition to those moves, the Flyers sent 24 players down to Phantoms training camp. Those players included Centers Jason Akeson, Rob Bordson, Nick Cousins and Kyle Flanagan. Right Wingers Brandon Alderson, Doug Clarkson, Matt Mangene, Derek Mathers and Petr Straka will also be at Phantoms training camp. Left Wingers that will be reporting to Phantoms training camp include Tyler Brown, Andrew Johnston, Tye McGinn and Marcel Noebels. Nine defensemen were sent down as well and those players are Mark Alt, Steven Delisle, Cullen Eddy, Tyler Hostetter, Matt Konan, Maxim Lamarche, Brandon Manning, Mark Nemec and Zack Fitzgerald. Goalies Cal Heeter and Carsen Chubak will also be joining the Phantoms.
After signing his entry-level deal yesterday, the Flyers made their decision to send Morin to juniors. While impressive in camp and in his first preseason game, this was strictly a developmental move for Morin. The blue line is also overstocked right now with players on one-way contracts. The Flyers would rather have Morin develop in juniors for another year before deciding to bring him up to the main roster.
It seems like Scott Laughton, the Flyers first round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, may make the final roster with Tye McGinn and Jason Akeson being sent to the Phantoms. Laughton played in six games with the Phantoms and five games with the Flyers last season. He played in 49 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League where he had 23 goals, 33 assists and 56 points. He only had one goal, two assists and three points with the Phantoms. Laughton was impressive with the Phantoms and Flyers during his short time with both teams last season. He will likely be the one to get the final forward roster spot which is the same spot that Dan Cleary would have had if he didn't decide to return to the Detroit Red Wings.
It was just surprising to see McGinn not make the team considering he already has experience with the Flyers and he played well at the NHL level last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see McGinn called up during the regular season and possibly stay with the team permanently. Another name that will likely be seen on the Flyers roster at some point during the season is Jason Akeson because he has been the Phantoms' leading goal scorer for the past two seasons.
There are now 32 players remaining on the Flyers roster with final cuts coming within the next week and a half.
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