Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Wade Allison to make NHL debut tonight against Penguins
The wait is over. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Wade Allison will make his NHL debut tonight in Pittsburgh.
The wait for @wadeallison11 is over.
It’s officially debut day. pic.twitter.com/fqpZ32pjL2
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 15, 2021
Allison will wear #57, per the Flyers.
Allison, 23, was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He spent four years at Western Michigan University, where he was nearly a point-per-game player. Allison had 97 points (45 goals, 52 assists) in 106 games across his four-year NCAA career. He had 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 26 games during his senior season.
The 23-year-old missed training camp and the start of the season due to an ankle injury but came on strong in March. Allison scored in each of his first two professional games. He has a lethal shot and wasted no time showing it off.
Wade Allison scores goal in first professional game
Wade Allison, Tyson Foerster, Tanner Laczynski shine in Phantoms OT win
Allison has nine points (four goals, five assists) and 15 shots on goal through his first eight AHL games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He recorded a point in five of eight games thus far.
With the Flyers out of the playoff picture, they’re going to have the opportunity to see how some of their prospects perform. Tanner Laczynski is already fitting in pretty nicely with the Flyers and Allison will look to follow that up himself.
There is no word yet on who will be coming out of the lineup for Allison, but we should know that this evening.
The Flyers are in Pittsburgh on Thursday night before returning home for a Saturday matinee against the Capitals and a Sunday evening meeting with the Islanders.
Photo: Heather Barry Images