A change has been made by the Philadelphia Flyers. No, not what you may think it is.
Goulbourne has vastly improved with the Phantoms this year, especially in his discipline on both ends of the ice, but he isn’t one of the top players for the Phantoms when you look at the advanced stats behind his play. Yes, he had a stretch where he had been putting the puck in the back of the net, killing penalties, and doing everything that is asked of him, but it’s definitely still a surprising move.
The #Flyers have called up forward Tyrell Goulbourne from Lehigh Valley, who has played extremely well this season – drawing penalties, killing penalties, playing hard on the forecheck & and doing all the little things consistently that he wasn't in previous years.
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) January 3, 2018
His head coach talked about Goulbourne’s improved play this season after a win last month.
“There’s been a lot of changes including his commitment and his ability to bring it every shift,” Gordon said. “He had a hard time finding consistency the previous two years. This year he’s found a way to get ready to play. He knows what he needs to do. Now the things that we’ve talked about game to game, he’s doing. He’s putting himself in a better position to play more.”
The Flyers must want to add a spark to their bottom-six. Oskar Lindblom is better than Goulbourne, but would ideally be in a top-six role, not bottom-six. Mike Vecchione is another option, but he would be better suited playing top minutes at the center position in the AHL. Goulbourne is the best option for a bottom-six winger, and can hopefully provide some grit and play over Dale Weise or Jori Lehtera.
He was challenged by head coach Scott Gordon to get better and he’s done that and more over the past year. Goulbourne will join the team and be available for Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders.
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