Phantoms forward Tyson Foerster, expected to compete for a spot on the Flyers next season, was named to the inaugural AHL Top Prospects Team.
Foerster, 21, led Lehigh Valley in scoring with 20 goals and 28 assists in 66 games. He also scored two goals in a Game 1 playoff victory at Charlotte.
Foerster played eight games with the Flyers at the end of the season. He was impressive, giving hope that he can skate a regular shift next season with the big club. He scored three goals and four assists and was a plus-2.
Several Flyers players praised Foerster for his short NHL stint in end-of-the-season interviews. He finished his NHL call-up with a five-game point streak.
“He played very well,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said after Foerster’s NHL debut in March against Carolina.
“I thought he was one of the better players with the puck, and with poise with the puck. So his first game, against a top team like this, it’s encouraging.”
Foerster was the Flyers’ first-round pick in 2020, 23rd overall.
The Top Prospects Team was selected by the AHL hockey operations department in conjunction with AHL general managers. Three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie were selected.
The rest of the team, with NHL affiliation in parentheses:
Goalie: Jesper Wallstedt, Iowa Wild (Minnesota)
Defense: David Jiricek, Cleveland Monsters (Columbus)
Defense: Simon Nemec, Utica Comets (New Jersey)
Forward: Jiri Kulich, Rochester Americans (Buffalo)
Forward: Lukas Reichel, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago)
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