After the Philadelphia Flyers played their first four preseason games to disappointing results, the team decided it was time to trim their roster. The team has re-assigned 28 rookies and prospects, with the majority of them being sent to the Adirondack Phantoms‘ training camp.
Perhaps in a bit of a surprise, Flyers hopefuls and frequent call-ups Tye McGinn and Jason Akeson have both been placed on re-assignment.
McGinn being re-assigned is more surprising than Akeson, since he was moved back and forth between the two teams last season and he was starting to look like a lock for the Flyers. The Flyers will definitely call McGinn up again this season when injuries hit, but it doesn’t look like he impressed enough upon them to keep him in the meantime.
As for Akeson, he has a lot of potential and his style of not taking penalties is one the Flyers really need to reconsider, but he still is not NHL-ready. He had an up-and-down season last year, being sent to the ECHL with the Trenton Titans, then brought back to the Phantoms, and then called up for a few games with the Flyers last season.
Akeson is a journeyman with this organization and maybe one day he’ll get there, but that is not the case right now.
It’s interesting that Akeson and McGinn were re-assigned, because there is one particular player whose name is not on the re-assignment list, and that is Scott Laughton.
Since Akeson and McGinn were going to be key competition for Laughton, he now has an even better chance to make the team this season. The Flyers have been really impressed with him so far, so it would not be a shock if he’s in the lineup on October 2. If the 2012-13 season wasn’t a lockout-shortened season, it’s fair to claim that Laughton would have gotten a roster spot then.
Laughton has a lot of potential and the talent to back it up, and unless the Flyers take Michael Raffl for the final roster, this kid will be playing in the NHL this season.