The Phantoms went 1-2-0 this week, bringing their record to 14-13-2-1 on the season.
Adam Ginning posted three assists during Wednesday’s game against the Islanders, bringing his season total up to 10 points in 28 games as well as flaunting a team-leading +13 rating. He won’t be the most explosive player on the ice every night, but he’s carved out a nice little niche for himself this season and could be a solid pair of hands moving forward.
Ersson has been with the Flyers since their last game before Christmas, but his absence in Lehigh has been incredibly palpable. He’s been carrying the team and stole more than a couple wins during his time in Lehigh. He should be returned once Carter Hart is ready to go, and they’ll gladly welcome him back. The Phantoms have allowed 14 goals against during his four-game absence.
Desnoyers has really taken a back seat since Artem Anisimov showed up, which has hurt his overall point production, but he’s still working away at the finer intricacies of his game, which should help in the long run. He recorded a goal and an assist on Wednesday, which brings his total to 12 goals and 18 points in 30 games on the season, so he continues his consistent trickle of offensive nuggets while still crafting an overall solid game of hockey. Definitely remains a prospect worth keeping an eye on.
Zamula is learning the ropes as the Phantoms’ top left-handed defenseman and having mixed results in the process. He went -5 over the last three games thanks in part to the goaltending struggling without Ersson around. His play hasn’t been outstandingly bad, but he certainly hasn’t had the same pizzazz as he did when he was second fiddle to Cam York.
Wisdom scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday. It was his seventh point in 26 games through the campaign. Wisdom has more often than not been deployed in a depth role, which has been severely limiting the player he can be, but when he is given that boost in ice time, he tends to play well in those minutes.
After posting seven points in five games through early December, Foerster is now on a seven-game pointless streak dating back to December 17. His overall play hasn’t been bad, but the original boost he got playing alongside Artem Anisimov has worn off. It’s been a season of highs and lows for Foerster, who has taken noticeable steps since the year began, but as a projected top point producer, he probably won’t see NHL action until he starts recording points at a consistent pace.
Speaking of point droughts, Ronnie Attard has just a single assist through his previous 11 games and hasn’t scored a goal since November 20. Attard has been stuck behind Louis Belpedio on the RHD depth chart which isn’t helping things, but he isn’t doing himself any favors right now either. For what it’s worth, his defensive play feels as though it’s gotten better, which was the biggest part of his game that needed work, but if he’s not producing offense regularly it really limits his ceiling.
After posting 19 goals and 31 points in 46 games for the Phantoms last season, it sure felt like the 26-year-old ECHLer was a diamond in the rough. This season, however, he’s scored just one goal and two points in 22 contests. Consider the magic gone.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)