The Phantoms went 1-3-0 this week, which dropped their record to 25-20-3-2 on the season.
Desnoyers racked up four points (1G, 3A) on Sunday. He’s got four goals and seven assists in six games in February and is up to a team leading 18 goals and 34 points on the season. He may not be the flashiest player on the ice, but he’s certainly their most effective at the moment on both sides of the puck. With the NHL trade deadline on the horizon and the Flyers in desperate lack of center depth, Desnoyers could very well find himself in line for a late-season callup.
Even though Brink registered just two assists in four games during the week, his play has still been over the top. He’s physical, he’s fast, he’s driving to the dirty areas and he has 16 points in 19 games since his return from injury. One of those guys who can always be attributed to a smart play on the ice. It’s hard to not be excited about Bobby Brink’s future.
Ronnie Attard just keeps getting better as the season goes along. He has one goal and five points in his last five games and is up to 23 points in 49 games on the season, with nine of those points coming since January 28. The switch has been flipped in Attard and his play is becoming undeniable, which is good timing since there could be a RHD spot available on the Flyers’ roster after the trade deadline in a few weeks.
Wisdom registered his third goal of the season on Wednesday night. He’s making the most of the limited opportunities he’s been getting, and with Lycksell on the main roster, he’s at least likely to not be scratched in the meantime. He’s on the fourth line at five-on-five, but has been getting powerplay time, which is where he’s been most notable.
Zamula finally got his first of the season on Saturday night, bringing his point total to 12 points in 30 games. He’s had some struggles as the team’s unquestioned 1LHD after succeeding behind Cam York the last couple years, but he’s starting to find his footing which is a good thing as another potential call up post-trade deadline could be a possibility.
Foerster has found himself in another dry spell offensively, failing to register a goal in his last six and only five points in his last 10 games. It’s been a season of highs and lows for Foerster, who is still looking to truly establish himself at the professional level. He hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t been the dominant, game changing force everyone’s been hoping for either.
Cates got hot for a few weeks in January and bumped his totals to 20 points in 45 games on the season, but with the emergence of Elliot Desnoyers and the signing of Artem Anisimov, he’s been stuck at 3C on a team that just isn’t deep enough to produce worthwhile offense from that role.
Hodgson’s 19 goals and 31 points in 46 games last season earned him an NHL recall and a two-year contract extension. He’s got just two goals and six points in 34 games this season, serving primarily as a depth grinder. The lightning in a bottle has got out and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to come back.
Wylie has played just two games in the last three weeks. He’s been replaced by Adam Karashik who spent the early part of he season in Reading. He was already playing third fiddle to Louie Belpedio and Ronnie Attard and now he’s struggling to see ice time at all. Not the best picture for his long-term chances as a prospect in the Flyers’ system.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)