According to Stefan Legein’s agent Doug Woods, the Flyers have had their eye on his client for quite some time.
Legein, 20, was acquired on Tuesday by the Flyers for defenseman Michael Ratchuk.
“Prior to Stefan being drafted by Columbus, Philadelphia had quite a write-up on him,” Woods told Columbus writer Adam Portzline. “They were very interested in him as a player heading into that draft. So that’s good for Stefan.”
Although many believe an AHLer for AHLer trade is unsubstantial, the prior interest the Flyers showed in the young forward may put him in their future plans.
“His goal now is earning a spot on the Philadelphia team in the very near future,” said Woods. “He’s going to have to earn it, but I think he has that ability. The Flyers probably have an idea how they want him to play, and they know how he can play.”
The scrappy and speedy 37th overall pick in the 2007 draft was caught in a number’s game in Columbus, buried behind talented forwards like Derick Brassard, Jakub Voracek and Nikita Filatov. Also, his sudden retirement from hockey before his first professional training camp set him back a year and a half.
“Probably a change of scenery is a good idea,” said Woods. “But I have to tell you — Stefan was very happy with the way things were turning out with the Columbus organization. He was quite happy with everything.”