Phantoms Focus: Flyers prospects David Kase and Greg Carey Shine for Lehigh Valley

Scott Laughton, Greg Carey, Matt Beleskey
Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton (21) and center Greg Carey (54) defend the net against New York Rangers left wing Matt Beleskey (39) during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Flyers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

This weekend’s Phantoms action was not missing goal scoring. The Phantoms totaled 12 goals while they allowed the opposition to record nine. Lehigh Valley could not be stopped on Friday night, punishing Springfield with an 8-2 victory. Unfortunately, Saturday’s matchup against Charlotte would come with a different narrative. The Checkers put in the net a total of seven times, defeating the Phantoms in the PPL Center.

Lehigh Valley currently sits in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-4-1-1 record after 13 games.

Greg Carey

At this point in Carey’s professional hockey league, it appears as though being an NHL-regular is nothing but a pipedream. The AHL is where he will play most, if not all, of his hockey. Still, he is off to a fantastic start to the season and deserves some recognition. Carey recorded three goals this weekend, two against Springfield and one against Charlotte. He now has eight goals to go along with seven assists in 13 for the Phantoms this season.

David Kase

In his first season with Lehigh Valley, the 21-year-old Kase is making the most of his opportunity. The former 2015 fifth round pick had a great weekend for the Phantoms, recording one goal and three assists. Unlike Carey, cracking the Flyers roster and staying there is still a realistic possibility. It most likely won’t happen this season, but continuing to make an impact for the Phantoms will only help his cause. Kase now has four goals and five assists in nine games this season.

Chris Conner

At 34-years-old, Conner is in a similar situation to Carey. He’s an AHL hockey player. There is nothing wrong with that and Conner is making his mark and showing the youngster’s the ropes. Conner put up some big points this past weekend, recording a goal and two assists on Friday and a goal on Saturday. Conner’s four-point weekend puts his season total up to 10 in 12 games.

Taylor Leier

Leier most likely feels like he should be playing his hockey for the Flyers and not the Phantoms. Unfortunately, that has not been the case so far this season. When Philadelphia needed to make some call-ups they chose to look elsewhere, possibly meaning they don’t think Leier has what it takes. If that’s the case, Leier needs to make a serious impact in Lehigh Valley to change Ron Hextall’s mind. He took a step in the right direction Friday night, recording two goals against Springfield. Leier now has five points in nine games for the Phantoms.

Up Next For Phantoms

Lehigh Valley is back in action Wednesday night at home against the Charlotte Checkers. They then take to the road to play the Providence Bruins on Friday night and the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday.

 

 

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