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Wade Allison to make NHL debut tonight against Penguins

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Wade Allison

The wait is over. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Wade Allison will make his NHL debut tonight in Pittsburgh.

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.

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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

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for NHL.com and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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