The Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, was just eliminated from reaching the postseason – so eight of their players have been recalled to help the NHL Flyers with their own playoff hopes.
The Flyers confirmed that they’d recalled eight of the AHL players from Lehigh Valley at the end of the AHL regular season, including goaltender Anthony Stolarz and defenseman Samuel Morin.
Stolarz spent time earlier in the season up with the Flyers, sitting backup to Steve Mason while backup Michal Neuvirth was out with injury. He never got a chance to suit up in a game – the 22 year old has only appeared in AHL games this season – but with a .916 save percentage in all situations, any injuries to Mason or Neuvirth could earn him a shot to draw in.
The team recalled forwards Chris Conner, Cole Bardreau, and Taylor Leier, who will join recently-recalled right wing Colin McDonald in the offensive corps. Conner led the Phantoms in scoring with 55 points in 58 games, while Leier finished second in scoring – posting 49 points in 71 games – and Bardreau had a successful rookie pro season after spending four years playing for Cornell University.
On defense, the Flyers brought up four more players to round out their collection of black aces – Mark Alt, Davis Drewiske, Robert Hagg & Samuel Morin. Morin may be the most high-profile of the three, as a former 11th overall draft pick, but Hagg is a 20 year old top prospect as well and Alt finished second in blue line scoring on the AHL club (posting four goals and 19 points in 72 games).
The Flyers will next play this evening at 7:00 PM EST, as they head into game three against the Washington Capitals.