The decision has finally been made. Following a preseason-ending loss to the New York Islanders, Ron Hextall announced that forward Oskar Lindblom has been assigned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and will begin the season in the AHL.
Lindblom had played extremely well this preseason, but with too many cooks in the bottom six, Hextall felt that this was the best decision for his club. Though the logic behind the forward-thinking approach makes sense, the skill he has is easily better than a handful of players on the current roster.
“He didn’t fail and didn’t have a bad camp,” Hextall said. “He played great and american league time won’ hurt. He’ll be fine.”
Lindblom will get big-time minutes for the Phantoms and be a likely call up if there were to be an injury or a trade early in the season.
As for the defensemen, Hextall said that if he “were to guess, all three defensemen would be headed to California,” which means there could be one roster move on the way or there may be another injury.
Robert Hagg has officially made the roster, according to Hextall. The final decision left to be made will be who gets sent to the Phantoms after the trip to California. It’s down to Sam Morin and Travis Sanheim, both of whom impressed and deserve to be on this roster.
Shayne Gostisbehere was not seen on the bench following this hit in the loss on Sunday.
He was evaluated following the game, but no decision has been made. Hextall said that Ghost has an upper-body injury and that the team will monitor his status and likely make a decision from there.
As of right now, it looks like Lindblom is the only Flyer headed to the Phantoms prior to Tuesday’s deadline. He’ll bring big energy and skill to a team that has high expectations this season.
The Flyers open their schedule on Wednesday night. The preseason is over, folks. Things are about to get real.
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