Connect with us

Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers Recall Top Minor-League Prospect; Making NHL Debut



Tyson Foerster, Philadelphia Flyers
Tyson Foerster is shown in a preseason game against the Bruins. He will make his NHL debut on Thursday. Photo: AP.

If you were looking for a reason to watch the floundering Philadelphia Flyers play powerful Carolina on Thursday, they gave you one.

They recalled right winger Tyson Foerster today from the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

He will make his much-anticpated NHL debut. The Flyers also recalled center Elliot Desnoyers, who has played two NHL games this year — and didn’t look out of place. Both are 21, and they share the Phantoms’ lead with 38 points apiece.

Both were recalled on an emergency basis, caused by injuries to Wade Allison and recently acquired Brendan Lemieux.

Foerster, drafted in the first round in 2020 (No. 23 overall), will be the fourth Phantoms player to make his NHL debut this season, joining Olle Lycksell, Sam Ersson, and Desnoyers.

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Foerster, who has a team-high 135 shots with Lehigh Valley this season, has collected 18 goals and 20 assists, and he was a member of the AHL All-Star team. He owns one of the organization’s hardest shots.

Could help PP

Foerster should also help the Philadelphia Flyers’ anemic power play, which is last in the NHL (15.4% success rate). With the Phantoms, he has seven goals and nine assists on the power play.

Based on the morning skate, he will be on a line with left winger Scott Laughton and center Noah Cates. Desnoyers centered veterans James van Riemsdyk and Kevin Hayes.

Flyers coach John Tortorella said he was impressed with Foerster during training camp. Now he gets an up-close look at him against great competition.

Carolina (42-12-8) sits atop the Metropolitan Division and has won eight of its last 10 games, and 15 of its last 18.

The tight-checking Hurricanes have allowed the league’s second-fewest goals per game this season, so Foerster and the Flyers (24-29-11) will have to battle for space.

From Our Achives: Tyson Foerster Has Always Had Loads of Promise

Welcome to your new home for Philadelphia Flyers breaking news, analysis and opinion. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and don't forget to subscribe to PhHN+ for all of our members-only content from the entire Philadelphia Hockey Now crew plus an ad-free browsing experience.

Get PhHN in Your Inbox

Enter your email address to get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox.

Broad St. Bullcast

Copyright © 2020 National Hockey Now and Philadelphia Hockey Now. In no way affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers or the National Hockey League.

Philly Hockey Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!