If you’ve seen the most recent edition of the NHL’s “Behind the Glass” series, then you saw when coach Alain Vigneault give some words of encouragement to Joel Farabee, who was just cut and would be on his way back to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
“If you go down there and work hard, you’ll be back up here real quick” Vigneault said to Farabee just before practice started.
No one thought it would be just 6 games into the season, especially after the Flyers looked completely different than last years version. However, this is Philadelphia and not everything changes. The last 4 games saw the Flyers remind of us previous teams after fans were told things will be different. Sitting a 2-3-1, it feels like just like the year before, and the year before that.
Insert Joel Farabee. Also called up is Mikhail Vorobyev. Vorobyev also has some NHL time under his belt after he started last year with the Flyers playing in 15 games scoring a single goal and single assist. Other than that, Vorobyev looked lost and did not make an impact. His lone goal of the last year was a fluke goal, due to a Colorado disaster.
We’re certainly excited to see Vorobyev be given another shot, but everyone is more excited that Farabee will be making his NHL debut when the Flyers take on the Vegas Golden Knights.
Carson Twarynski handled himself fine in his first time up with the Flyers, but ultimately the Flyers need a more offensive jolt that what he was able to do. Farabee is expected to be the goal scorer this team has wanted and desperately needed for the few past years.
Farabee is a quick starter who doesn’t need time to put up points. In his first 4 games in Lehigh Valley, he put up 3 goals and 4 points in 4 games. Not bad for his first year as a professional.
Given how the last 4 games went, scoring just 7 goals and giving up 16, bringing up Farabee just makes sense. Despite being outscored, the Flyers outshot opposing teams 145-100.
Lines for the morning skate saw Farbee on the 3rd line centered with Kevin Hayes and Scott Laughton on the left side. He was also on PP1, which desperately needs a spark. Whether he stays on PP1 for tonights game is unknown, but at this time you have to try it. Vorobyev will center the 4th with Michael Raffl and Chris Stewert.
By Mike Bailey (@mbailey010)
Photo Cred: NBCPhilly