The Phantoms went 1-1 this weekend to bring them to 3-5-1 on the season.
After going pointless through the Phantoms’ first seven games, Wisdom broke through with three assists over the weekend. It was his first reals signs of life of the season and hopefully a sign of positive things to come for Wisdom, who’s still looking to re-establish himself as an offensive force after his shoulder surgery last year.
Lycksell’s stellar start to the season continues with two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in two games over the weekend. He’s got two goals and six points in his first seven games, and has looked good away from the puck as well. For a random 2017 sixth round pick, Lycksell could very well become one of the Flyers’ best late round picks in modern history.
York had a powerplay goal (the game-winner) and an assist on Saturday, this coming a week after he scored a man advantage goal as well. Considering York is on the outside looking in when it comes to an NHL roster spot, establishing himself as a contributor on the powerplay when the Flyers’ unit has dropped below 20% on the season, it could leave the big club no choice but to recall the 21-year-old and give him an opportunity sooner or later.
Ersson played both games over the weekend and walked away with a 1-1 record, with the W being the first of his professional career. He allowed three goals on Friday (.903 SV%) and two on Saturday (.946 SV%). While the wins may be few and far between while the young Phantoms squad figures things out, as long as the personal performances from Ersson are positive more often not, it can be considered a good week for the Swede.
Attard registered a single assist this weekend, which was his sole point in the last five games. He’s the QB of the second powerplay unit featuring Wisdom, Cates and Lycksell, which have collectively struggled to produce offense until this weekend. There’s still good things ahead for Attard, but it’s just a waiting game for the puzzle pieces to fit together.
Foerster racked up two assists on Saturday, both coming on the powerplay, which brings his point total to a team-leading seven (2-5) in his first nine games. He’s been money alongside York and Desnoyers on the man advantage which could be a nice little crystal ball for the trio collectively at the NHL level in the future. Would still like to see the goal scoring start clicking for Foerster, but as long as the points continue to trickle in, it’s hard to complain yet.
Trending down feels a bit extreme, but this was definitely his least noticeable week during the season so far. He did register nine shots on goal, but he didn’t score any points and went -2 in total. It’s more than likely just a minor hiccup in what has been a very promising start to the season.
After putting him over last weekend for his minute munching, he ended up sitting in the press box on Saturday in favor of Louie Belpedio. Outside of Attard and York, every other defenseman has been cycled in and out, and Wylie was the unlucky victim this week.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)