Flyers roster cuts continue as two more prospects bite the dust

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The Flyers are rocking and rolling this pre-season. Yes, the team was given the day off today, however that doesn’t mean the top brass stops working.

It’s never easy to see cut day come. Some players can see the writing on the wall, whereas others it may be unexpected. Unfortunately, this is the nature of the business, as the roster has to be trimmed to at least 23 by opening night October 4. The Flyers cut two players today, and both have been reassigned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Philippe Myers- A RHD that is NHL ready, but the Defensive Corps of the Flyers is full at the moment. What seemed to be a sure lock to make the team out of camp, given the injury news Andrew Macdonald. Myers is now most likely the first call-up when an injury arises. He shows flashes of his puck handling skills, and he is a beast one-on-one. Myers has upside for sure, and will take this as a learning experience. One thing is for certain, Myers will be an NHL Defenseman someday.

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel- NAK provides grit and toughness on the Wing, but has the offensive flare that the Flyers crave. Unfortunately, he’s one step behind the NHL. I pegged him to make the team as a fourth line Winger right out of camp, but he’s just a little off. Not far off from remaining in the NHL on a regular basis, but at least one more year in the AHL will help his development. NAK didn’t blow the doors off training camp like I had hoped he would, but he still had a solid camp.

With Wayne Simmonds future in the orange and black in limbo following the season. NAK may have the opportunity of a lifetime next season with the Flyers, as he’s a Right Winger. The Flyers will have a dire need with the Right Wing position if Simmond’s indeed does not return. Last season for the Phantoms, NAK potted 18 goals, and chipped in 28 assists in 72 games played.

The Flyers are a heavily talented offensive team this season at least on paper. It was very hard for these young players to crack the lineup on a daily basis, while sitting them on the bench does them no justice. The roster now stands at 33. One day though these young men will get their shot. One thing is certain Flyers fans, the future is bright in Flyer land.

 

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