Here we go.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced their next round of cuts on Tuesday, and there were quite a few surprises on the list. In total seven players were cut from the training camp roster: five forwards and two defensemen.
ICYMI: The roster has been trimmed and we're one step closer to the #NHLGlobalSeries.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 24, 2019
The Flyers loaned three players directly to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and four were placed on waivers for the purpose of loaning them to the Phantoms tomorrow.
The following players have been loaned to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Tuesday:
24 – Mikhail Vorobyev (C)
50 – German Rubtsov (C)
59 – Mark Friedman (D)
In addition, the club has placed the following players on Waivers today for the purpose of loaning to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 25:
10 – Andy Andreoff (RW)
20 – Chris Bigras (D)
29 – Kurtis Gabriel (RW)
62 – Nicolas Aube-Kubel (RW)
That’s a lot to soak in.
The names that stick out on the list are Mikhail Vorobyev, German Rubtsov and Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Each of those three players had a decent shot to make the roster, especially with injuries to Nolan Patrick (week-to-week) and Morgan Frost (out five to seven days).
The most surprising name is Rubtsov. He appeared to be in line for the fourth-line center role with Patrick out. Either this is a move knowing that Patrick is going to be ready for the start of the season, which would be great, or it’s wanting Rubtsov to spend more time in the AHL before making his NHL debut.
The other surprising name is Aube-Kubel. He has impressed in the preseason and has been one of the Phantoms’ best even-strength players in recent years. The Flyers now run the risk of losing him on waivers.
Vorobyev isn’t as surprising, but he had a shot at the fourth-line center job if Rubtsov didn’t get it.
Friedman, Bigras and Gabriel were not expected to make the roster, but Andreoff did have an outside chance at a fourth-line role — or as the extra forward.
The Flyers training camp roster is now at 27 players, and consists of the following players:
11 – Travis Konecny RW
12 – Michael Raffl RW
13 – Kevin Hayes C
14 – Sean Couturier C
21 – Scott Laughton C
23 – Oskar Lindblom RW
25 – James van Riemsdyk LW
28 – Claude Giroux LW
44 – Chris Stewart RW
49 – Joel Farabee RW
81 – Carsen Twarynski LW
82 – Connor Bunnaman C
93 – Jakub Voracek RW
5 – Philippe Myers
6 – Travis Sanheim
8 – Robert Hagg
9 – Ivan Provorov
15 – Matt Niskanen
53 – Shayne Gostisbehere
55 – Samuel Morin
61 – Justin Braun
37 – Brian Elliott
79 – Carter Hart
3 – Andy Welinski D (lower-body)
18 – Tyler Pitlick C (wrist surgery – cleared to practice with no contact)
19 – Nolan Patrick C (upper body)
48 – Morgan Frost C (groin strain)
The forwards still on the bubble are Chris Stewart, Joel Farabee, Carsen Twarynski, Connor Bunnaman, Tyler Pitlick and Morgan Frost.
Farabee should have the inside track to start the season as the third-line winger, though Frost could’ve proved himself enough that even his injury won’t knock him down.
The others will battle it out for a fourth-line role. Twarynski seems to be ahead of the pack given his recent games, but Stewart’s veteran presence could win him a job — hopefully as the extra forward — and Bunnaman’s ability to play center helps him out a bit. Pitlick has yet to appear in a game, but has experience as a bottom-six NHLer.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens as the Flyers have one NHL preseason game left on Thursday night.