York scores, Flyers drop in Rookie series final against Rangers
The Philadelphia Flyers hosted the New York Rangers in the second of two games this weekend between the franchise rookie teams at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, New Jersey. Philadelphia won Game 1 in Tarrytown, New York yesterday by a score of 6-3, but the Visiting Rangers would win Game 2 by a score of 3-2.
Cam York, the Flyers’ 2019 first-round pick, absolutely shone in this clash. He opened the scoring with the first goal of the game while on the power play, and he also looked very solid on his end. York was impressive in its first 11 pro games last season, including three in Philadelphia and eight in Lehigh Valley. He looked as he should be among other NHL prospects and rookies today, confident and dominant.
York will struggle to carve out a full-time spot on Alain Vigneault’s squad this season, and if he continues to impress and keep up his good game in training camp next week, York will strike at the wears to play regularly in the NHL this season.
Matthew Strome also impressed today with a goal. He scored a nice cross pass from the rookie camp, invited Nolan Ritchie for the Flyers’ second goal of the day in the first period. Strome has struggled to find his place in the Flyers’ organization since being drafted in the fourth round in 2017, but his offensive production today could help him take a closer look at camp. training if it can continue to produce.
Samuel Ersson took the start today after serving as a relief goalkeeper in yesterday’s game. Ersson once again looked pretty sharp in goal, allowing just two goals in the effort and made some key saves in an attempt to ward off the Rangers’ offense in the second period.
Kirill Ustimenko relieved Ersson midway through the second period and appeared to play better than yesterday. He allowed a goal early in the third period, but overall he was strong. As we said yesterday, he is still adjusting to the competition after missing last season with a hip injury, but Ustimenko was once again skating well and had good lateral movement in his crease. It was another step in the right direction for the goalkeeper.
Tanner Laczynski, who suffered a torn labrum late last season, came into the game for his first on-ice action since April with the Flyers. He took part in plays and looked calm and serene on the ice. Laczynski is one of the few Flyers looking to carve out a place in Philadelphia’s bottom six at this upcoming training camp, and he will look to build on his strong performance today to defend his hold with the Flyers.
Tyson Foerster once again looked dominant against the Rangers rookie squad. He didn’t score a goal today, unlike two goals yesterday, but he collected an assist on York’s goal and stood out. His fatal shot was in full view, but the Rangers goaltending duo managed to shine the leather on the 2020 first-round pick and keep him off the scoresheet.
Foerster has improved considerably since development camp, and his rookie camp has been even stronger. He’ll be a big name to watch at training camp next week as he continues to play better and better as the days go by.
Linus HÃ¶gberg had a quietly effective game for the Flyers. He played well in the Philadelphia zone and didn’t seem to make a lot of mistakes, if any, and also looked smooth with the puck. He also took part in the Flyers’ power plays and was moving around and helping to make things easier on the Rangers side. HÃ¶gberg will likely spend the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms like he did last year, but the 2016 fifth-round pick looked very good and will be looking to build on his solid game.
Wyatte Wylie also had a solid game on the Philadelphia blue line. He played a lot of games for the Flyers yesterday and continues to do so today. He didn’t collect any assists while he did it yesterday, but he was involved in both ends of the ice and looked strong in both games this weekend.
Jon-Randall Avon, another guest at camp, was buzzing all over the ice in this one. He showed his playmaking skills throughout the game and looked very strong on offense. His name was mentioned a lot today on the show, and even yesterday he was also quite visible. Avon may not have been invited to training camp, but he has been impressive nonetheless during his short stint with the Flyers organization so far.
Wade Allison looked great in action today until he got injured in the second period. He crashed in the corners with New York’s Braden Schneider, and Allison ended up with the worst. He favored his right leg as he needed help getting back to the Flyers’ locker room. Hopefully Allison is ok with training camp, but it didn’t look good.
Players who appeared in NHL games with the Flyers last season probably looked more dominant and visible in the game today. York, Laczynski, Allison, Morgan Frost and Jackson Cates all seemed to have skated better than the other players. They read the games well, found their teammates open and were smart with and without the puck.
With rookie activities now complete, Flyers training camp kicks off Wednesday with Media Day, and the first day of on-ice activities begins Thursday in Voorhees. Most of the players who made it to rookie camp will be in attendance as well as NHL regulars, minor league depth players and other roster hopefuls who aim to take the ice as the Flyers. Philadelphia. Ladies and gentlemen, the hockey season is finally upon us.