The Philadelphia Flyers made a move, it just wasn’t anywhere near the magnitude that anyone had hoped. They shuffled some players around from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Taxi Squad. However, the two players recalled to the Taxi Squad are of note.
President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Thursday afternoon:
“The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled forwards Tanner Laczynski and Linus Sandin from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, to the Taxi Squad.
In addition, they have assigned forwards Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski to the Phantoms from the Taxi Squad.”
Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski didn’t exactly impress in their returns to the lineup in Buffalo. They got outworked on a goal against and didn’t provide the energy the Flyers needed. They’ll get some time to work on their games in the AHL with the Phantoms.
The more exciting news is the first part of the announcement, though. Tanner Laczynski and Linus Sandin are two forwards that could make their NHL debuts soon. Both Laczynski and Sandin are in the first professional seasons in North America.
Laczynski, 23, had an impressive NCAA career during his four years at Ohio State. He recorded 143 points (48 goals, 95 assists) in 138 games across his four seasons.
In his first AHL season, Laczynski has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 14 games. He is playing better as of late with a two-goal game on March 21st and his first career hat trick on March 26th. He picked up another goal on the 27th as well.
Not only is Laczynski scoring, but he’s driving play as well. Per Brad Keffer’s tracking at PhancyStats, Laczynski has a 58.49% Corsi For (+12.01 CF% Relative). On top of that, he has an on-ice scoring chances for of 68.37% (+19.50 SCF% Relative), which is extremely impressive.
Sandin, 24, is in his first North American season after starting his career in Sweden. He had 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games last season with HV71 in the SHL.
The Flyers are expected to sign SHL forward Linus Sandin for next season.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 27, 2020
The Flyers signed Sandin last spring and he made his debut with the Phantoms this season. The Swedish forward has five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 games with the Phantoms.
Laczynski should get a crack before Sandin, but it may depend on the Flyers’ personnel. Nevertheless, both of these guys are good options to have if the Flyers sell a few forwards at the trade deadline.