For the past two weeks the Philadelphia Flyers have been reeling. After last night’s debacle in a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Flyers are now losers of five straight games, and find themselves sitting last in the Metropolitan Division. It’s now become clear that they have hit rock bottom.
Young defenseman Mark Alt was seen clearing out his locker after last night’s loss. It became evident that a move was going to be made, as defenseman Andrew MacDonald was ruled out prior to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
The most dedicated and passionate fans in hockey needed something to cheer about. Well, Flyers fans have received their holiday wish a little earlier than expected. Young defenseman Samuel Morin and Forward Danick Martel have been recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
It’s about time this young stud in Morin gets to make an imprint with the orange and black. Drafted by the Flyers in 2013 at 11th overall. Morin has primarily seen action with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Last season with the Phantoms he registered 3 goals, 13 assists, and was a plus/minus 0. Not too shabby numbers. Moreover, this season Morin has been on a tear. He has lit the lamp for a goal, 4 assists, and is a plus 6 in 10 games played. As a plus player it means you’re doing things right on the ice.
Martel is having a breakout year with the Phantoms. Once a forgotten forward through training camp and the pre-season. He has had an enormous season. For the season, Martel has registered 14 goals, 5 assists, and is a plus 10 in 17 games played. This move indicates the Flyers are committed to letting the kids play, with the hopes of more secondary scoring. To make room for both of these moves, both Matt Read and Mark Alt have been reassigned to the Phantoms.
This young stud defenseman cannot hide in the Phantoms system no longer. Morin outplayed his competition in the pre-season. The young giant cannot sit longer in the great farm system the Flyers have developed. For Morin the time is now. Finally, Hextall means business with calling up Martel, as the Flyers hope for secondary scoring. One thing is certain Flyers fans, the future is bright in Flyer land.
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