Fans are excited for what the future of the Philadelphia Flyers will look like. Much of this is in part due to the excitement for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season and how the organization’s youth movement has created one of the top teams in the AHL.
Travis Sanheim, Sam Morin, and Robert Hagg highlight the list of defensemen that may get a shot to make the Flyers opening night roster this season. But if they don’t, Lehigh Valley’s defense just as deep as they were last season. With veteran defenseman TJ Brennan joined by likely talents such as Philippe Myers and Mark Friedman, the Phantoms defense is going to be scary to matchup with on a nightly basis.
They look to possibly have a chance of seeing either Carter Hart or Felix Sandstrom between the pipes in the next year or two. But with Anthony Stolarz returning from injury and Alex Lyon in the crease, the Phantoms’ possibilities in net are endless and will make them a force for the coming years.
Forward wise, the Phantoms boast tons of talent. Last season, Jordan Weal helped spark the offense before being recalled by the Flyers. You’ll either see Scott Laughton or Mike Vecchione on the ice, depending on which forward wins the job with the big club out of camp. Both players are primed at continuing to develop into bottom-six NHLers and being impact players in the AHL. Vecchione is definitely someone to keep an eye on. His nose-first mentality of playing around the net helped him succeed a ton at Union College. That type of mentality may transfer over well at the AHL Level.
Who better to face during their home opener than their division rival, the Hershey Bears. On Monday, the Phantoms announced the date for their home opener against the Bears, which will be on Saturday, October 7 at the PPL Center.
That's what separates us from the 2017-18 season and our 1st game against @TheHersheyBears.
— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) July 10, 2017
The complete AHL schedule will be released on Tuesday, July 11. The Phantoms are going to be an exciting team once again this season. The future is bright throughout the organization. If I were you, I would surely get down to the PPL Center this season.
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