Vecchione played in two games last season and was on the outside looking in, with a small chance of making the roster, coming into training camp. He will likely play in the Phantoms’ top-nine as either a center or right wing.
Vorobyev is coming over from Russia for his first professional season. He has been rising up the prospect charts recently and impressed in every opportunity given to him this preseason. He’ll be one to keep an eye on in Lehigh Valley as one of their top-nine, or better, centers.
With those two players being loaned to the Phantoms, the Flyers now have 28 players on their training camp roster.
15 forwards and 8 defensemen are battling for 21 spots, with two goalies taking up the 22nd and 23rd roster spot. Three other players remain on the roster for now due to injury.
Jori Lehtera, Matt Read, Scott Laughton, and Taylor Leier seem to be battling for the final forward spot. On the other hand, all eight defensemen remaining in camp have a shot at making the roster. Travis Sanheim is making a strong push, which could keep another rookie like Sam Morin or Robert Hagg in the minors, or quite possibly send Andrew MacDonald to the AHL.
There are two more games, and just one week, until the Flyers season opener in San Jose. They will have to make some tough decisions between now and then to get the roster down to 23.
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