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Flyers send 4 players to Phantoms; Claude Giroux heads to All-Star festivities

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Defenseman Cam York was one of four players the Flyers sent to the Phantoms on Wednesday to stay sharp during the NHL team's All-Star break

With the Philadelphia Flyers not playing until next Wednesday because of the All-Star break, they sent Morgan Frost, Cam York, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Jackson Cates to the AHL’s Phantoms to give them a chance to stay sharp.

The Phantoms (14-15-8) have upcoming games Friday and Saturday. They lost in Bridgeport on Wednesday morning, 4-1.

Of the aforementioned group, York, 21, a first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2019 draft, has made the biggest impact. Lately he has been asked to play the right side on the third defensive pairing, making the transition from his natural left side. He has three points and a minus-4 rating in 13 games, and he has been steady in his role.

Frost, 22, elevated to the third-line center spot because of injuries, has seven points (two goals, five assists) and a minus-7 rating in 26 games. He was a first-round selection (27th overall) in 2017.

Ratcliffe, 22, a physical, 6-foot-6, 225-pound left winger, was chosen eight picks after Frost in the second round of 2017. He has played just two games with the Flyers and is still looking for his first point.

Cates, 24, a center/winger who was signed as a free agent last April, has a goal and a minus-1 rating in nine games with the Flyers this season.

The NHL All-Star Game will be played Saturday in Vegas at 3 p.m., and Claude Giroux is the Flyers’ lone representative.

The Flyers (15-22-8) don’t practice again until Tuesday, and they host Detroit the next night.

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