We knew some training camp cuts were coming, and now we know who.
The five players that have been returned to their junior teams were mostly expected.
Bunnaman, Laberge, and Kosorenkov were going back soon without a doubt, but there was a chance that Rubtsov and Hart could stick around.
Unfortunately the Flyers did not sign Kosorenkov to an entry-level contract. He was only in camp as an invitee and many thought he deserved a contract.
Rubtsov played well on Wednesday night in Allentown and the Flyers could’ve had him stick around and even play in the AHL this season. However, another year with Chicoutimi after only playing 16 games with them last season (and still recording 22 points) should benefit him. He should be able to tear up the QMJHL.
Hart also had a good stint in camp with the Flyers, but will now return to Everett where he is the reigning back-to-back goalie of the year in the WHL.
Philippe Myers highlights the players sent back down to the Phantoms.
(F) Nicolas Aube-Kubel
(F) Radel Fazleev
(F) Tyrell Goulbourne
(F) Danick Martel
(F) Carsen Twarynski
(F) Mikhail Vorobyev
(D) James de Haas
(D) Mark Friedman
(D) Maxim Lamarche
(D) Philippe Myers
(D) Reece Willcox
(G) Leland Irving
(G) John Muse
Mikhail Vorobyev impressed in camp and during a few preseason games, but he was definitely going to play this year in the AHL. His Russian game is translating well to North America and he should be one to keep an eye on down in Lehigh Valley.
Philippe Myers was a real longshot to make the Flyers roster and will greatly benefit from some professional experience with the Phantoms. Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, and Travis Sanheim have all learned a lot in the AHL and Myers should be able to refine his game there as well.
Myers still has one of the highest ceilings out of all of the defensive prospects. Perhaps he would’ve gained something by sticking around in camp with the Flyers, but with the other three ahead of him and Phantoms training camp opening soon, this seems like the logical decision.
The Flyers tranining camp roster is now down to 36 players fighting for 23 spots on the opening night roster. They have less than two weeks to decide who will make the trip to San Jose for the season opener on October 4th.
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