While this is great news, the Flyers are still really struggling. The good news was that they called up rookie Oliver Lauridsen, a 6-foot-6 defenseman from the Adirondack Phantoms. His debut with the Flyers was clearly successful.
Which makes us realize that even if the Flyers miss out on a playoff chance this year, the organization should really be putting in the young kids. Mostly so we can see what they can do and give them time to develop. It will also give these kids much needed NHL experience.
While we’re talking about Flyers rookies, we also should be on alert for signed Flyers prospect, Shayne Gotisbehere.
Right now, while the NCAA Basketball Tournament is getting down to the wire, the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championship is also occurring. The good thing about this competition is that we can check in with NHL prospects, and for the Flyers we get to see Gotisbehere play again.
Gotisbehere is a defenseman for Union College (NY), who routed the returning champs Boston College, 5-1, on Saturday night.
Gotisbehere even got a goal in the game and was aggressive at the net. While this was exciting, he does have some things to work on. In the majority of his shots on goals, they didn’t go in because he was shooting too wide at net.
He definitely has some more development issues to get through before we see him in a Flyers uniform. We have to also remember that he was a member of the 2013 Team USA who won the gold medal in the 2013 IIHF’s World Junior Championships.
So this kid is definitely slated for greatness.
Gotisbehere plays alongside defenseman Greg Coburn, who also scored a goal in their defeat over Boston. His name should sound familiar because his older brother is Flyers’ defenseman Braydon Coburn.
Since both of these players are defenseman, the Flyers should really be keeping a watchful eye on both of them. They need some solid defense and it all starts at the development stages.
While we might like what we have seen from Gotisbehere so far, we might not see him with the organization for a few more years. Not because he’s a bad player, but because he has opted to finish college before making his debut as a professional hockey player.
To be honest, that’s actually a pretty smart move on his part. If this whole hockey thing doesn’t work out for him, at least he has a Plan B to fall back on. Although, after Ian Laperriere compared him to Kimmo Timonen, I think we’ll see him in the black and orange soon.
Union College is set to play against the Top seeded Quinnipiac on Sunday night to get a spot in the Frozen Four on April 11 in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.
It will be a tough team to defeat, and it would be nice if Union can pull it out so we can see more from Gotisbehere.