Isaac on Flyers: Roster Stands at 35 as Sam Morin is Sent to Phantoms
As the Flyers pare down their roster to what they'll have opening night in Tampa next month, there appear to be no surprises.
While some young defensemen may have made the decision hard for general manager Ron Hextall, he is staying true to what he had hoped for: to keep the young players at bay and let them develop in the junior and minor leagues.
After letting the first-round picks of the last two drafts go back to Canadian juniors Wednesday morning, Hextall sent 2013 first-round pick Sam Morin to the American Hockey league along with 19 others. Radel Fazleev, the Flyers’ 2014 sixth-round pick, was sent back to his junior team as well.
(Listen to Dave Isaac discuss the Flyers camp and roster moves)
Morin played in only one preseason game, Monday night in Brooklyn as the Flyers took on the Islanders, before being sent to the American Hockey League for his first pro season. Morin, 20, had 32 points in 38 games for Oceanic Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. He was the last one sent packing from Flyers camp last year, but now will become a Lehigh Valley Phantom.
"I’m very happy that I’ve got two good options with the Phantoms or Flyers," Morin said last week. "I think it’s good for me. For sure, we always want to be in the highest level and I want to play in the NHL. I gotta work hard for this."