Foerster is a bit greener than anticipated heading into the season, but that can mainly be chalked up to missing most of last year with an injury. The natural talent and charisma oozing from Foerster is impressive, and it should be just a matter of time before all the puzzle pieces come together for him.
As a 20-year-old mid-fifth round pick who is four games into his professional career, Desnoyers doesn’t even remotely look out of place. He’s racked up three goals through four games and has been centering the top line alongside Foerster and veteran Garret Wilson. After an impressive junior career post draft, Desnoyers is proving he can hang at the AHL level as well.
Lycksell was a sixth round pick in 2017 and made the jump to the AHL as a 23-year-old, but ever since his arrival dating back to the rookie games and Flyers training camp, he’s been raising eyebrows with his play. He’s got two assists through two AHL games, but his work ethic and hockey Iq on the ice seem to indicate a bright future for Lycksell, especially if he can get that offense pumping.
Attard has two goals and four points through the team’s first four games, and has been very good at both ends of the ice, which is a welcome sight. He will carve out a reputation with his high-powered shot and skating ability, but whether or not he could craft a decent defensive side to his game was the real question and so far he appears capable of holding his own in the d-zone as well.
Cam York plays a totally fine game of hockey. For what it is, he’s developing nicely, but he was demoted from the Flyers with the endgame of being more noticeable with some extra grit and aggressiveness in his play, which really hasn’t been on display yet. He does have three assists in his first four games, but until he starts playing by Tortorella’s rules, it could be a long season for the 21-year-old blueliner.
Wisdom isn’t necessarily regarded has a high-end, future top-six prospect, but he’s been very good at proving doubters wrong since his draft year. He’s been stuck on the fourth line with Isaac Ratcliffe and Jordy Bellerive and because of it doesn’t really have a chance to be impressive. He has zero points and only three shots on goal through four games. His only hope for success may be injuries elsewhere in the lineup so he can work his way up and impress the brass with real linemates and ice time.
Sam Ersson damn near stole the backup role for the Flyers to start the season, but was demoted to the Phantoms upon Felix Sandstrom’s return from injury. He played two games with a 3.04 goals against average and .898 save percentage and didn’t visibility look great doing so. A rough start for someone who should be dominant.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)