With the current CBA set to expire in just a few short hours, it seems the Philadelphia Flyers are preparing for a lockout.
The team has assigned 26 players to their affiliate team in the AHL, the Adirondack Phantoms.
Notable players who will be playing in Glen Falls this season are Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Brayden Schenn and Harry Zolniercyzk. You can see the entire list here.
These guys certainly impressed in the NHL this past season, they will now have an opportunity to develop their skills even more while playing in the American Hockey League. Guys like Couturier and Schenn easily have the tools to be elite players during their time in Adirondack. Couturier will continue to shadow opposing players with his blanketing defensive presence, as well as add an offensive touch to his game. Rinaldo will continue to portray that tough guy role. Zolniercyzk still has blazing speed which will give him an advantage over defenders.
However, that’s not all the orange and black did today.
In addition, the Flyers have assigned three players to their junior clubs; Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins and Derek Mathers.
Laughton, the club’s 2012 1st-round pick, will get a chance to get better as an all around hockey player. The kid is only 18 years old and his potential is through the roof.
I believe we will see him in a Flyers jersey at some point in his career, but with still no agreement between the players and owners, it doesn’t look like it’ll be this season.
Adding these players to their roster will sure make the Phantoms immediate contenders for the Calder Cup.
Adam Pfeifer is a contributing writer at Rant Sports, covering the Philadelphia Flyers.
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