The AHL recently announced that they expect the start of their 2020-21 season to be pushed back until December 4, 2020 and because of that the organization is letting some of their prospects go abroad to continue to play during the down time. Maksim Sushko, David Kase, and Linus Sandin are all expected to be pillars of the Phantoms next season and have all recently been loaned to teams all around the world to continue to play during the coronavirus delay in America.
Sushko was sent to Dynamo-Minsk of the KHL on July, 17, Sandin was shipped to HV71 of the SHL on August 7, and most recently Kase was loaned to Karlovy Vary of the Czech Extraliga on August 11. All three leagues just so happen to be the native land of each respective player and are currently practicing or even in the midst of a preseason.
Maksim Sushko finished his rookie season with 11 goals and 21 points in 53 games for the Phantoms, and flashed signs of serious potential with his offensive contributions.
Kase, now a two-year AHL veteran, scored 7 goals and 19 points in 51 games in what was a disappointing season overall. He did, however, receive his first call up to the Flyers in mid-December playing six games scoring one goal.
Linus Sandin was signed by the Flyers in May and was expected to fight for a Flyers roster spot during training camp. His North American debut will be held back a few months with the delayed start to the season. The 24-year-old Swede recorded 36 points in 51 games for HV71 in the SHL last season.
Expect all three to be recalled by the Flyers organization by the time training camps roll around in November.
UPDATE: On August 23, the Flyers announced they have loaned 22-year-old forward German Rubtsov to HC Sochi of the KHL. Rubstov wrapped up an underwhelming season with the Phantoms where he only scored 2 goals and 13 points in 42 games. He received his first NHL call up on November 1, 2019 and played four games going pointless.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
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