Winger Linus Sandin had a tough start to the season, but he has recovered nicely from a broken orbital bone and will make his NHL debut Tuesday for the Philadelphia Flyers as they face the New York Islanders in Elmont.
Playing for the Phantoms on Oct. 17, Sandin missed two months after a shot hit him in the face in the season’s second game. He missed two months, but has been impressive lately, scoring five goals over his last seven games. In 13 games with Lehigh Valley this season, he had five goals, seven points, and a minus-1 rating.
An undrafted free agent from Sweden, the 25-year-old Sandin will play left wing on the fourth line, which includes Connor Bunnaman and Zack MacEwen.
Sandin had six goals and 10 points in 24 games with the Phantoms last season, when he made a couple appearances on the Flyers’ taxi squad but did not get into any NHL games.
Two years ago, the Flyers signed the right-handed-shooting Sandin after he finished third in the Swedish Hockey League with 19 goals in 51 games.
“He put in his time, worked on his skating, and got stronger,” Flyers assistant GM Brent Flahr said at the time, adding that the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Sandin “plays a North American-type game, and goes to the net and gets greasy goals.”
Sandin’s brother, Rasmus, 21, is a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who drafted him in the first round (29th overall) in 2018..