Instant analysis: Flyers call up a former first-round pick

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced the latest in a growing line of roster moves that impact the lower lines.

21-year old German Rubstov has been called up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after a fairly stable opening half to the season, posting 12 points in 28 games.

This move comes at an interesting time given that Chris Stewart was recently loaned to the Phantoms, leaving that all-important ’13F’ spot vacant.

Rubstov should have a shot to compete as a fourth-line center if he can keep his place on the roster. The former first-round pick was called up earlier this year, averaging 7:35 of ice time over three games, going scoreless and posting a -1 rating. He’ll look to improve on that and show that the minors have pushed his development if afforded the opportunity.

Michael Raffl picked up an injury on Saturday but was involved in practice on Monday, with the line rushes remaining unchanged. Rubstov is likely an insurance policy in the event that Raffl is unable to go or suffers a further setback.

The Flyers’ next game is on Tuesday and will see them take on a bitter rival in the way of the Penguins. What better way for a rookie to make his first real impact?

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