The Phantoms’ schedule may not bring as much excitement as it once did when the team resided in Philadelphia, but here is the full Adirondack schedule for 2009-10. Replacing Hershey as the Phantoms’ geographical rival, will be Albany, who will face the Flyers’ affiliate 12 times.
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During prospect camp in late July, fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, Nicola Riopel, looked like the most mature goaltender of the bunch. And it seems the Flyers noticed that too.
According to The Times &Transcript, the Flyers have inked Riopel to an entry-level deal. The 20-year is expected to start the season with the Adirondack Phantoms.
With former coach John Paddock taking over Assistant General Manager duties, the Adirondack Phantoms have hired former Calgary Flames and Toronto Marlies’ coach Greg Gilbert as the head coach for the 2009-10 AHL season.
“We are pleased to add Greg to our organization as head coach of the Phantoms,” said General Manager Paul Holmgren. “He has a wealth of coaching experience at many levels and has shown a unique ability to work well with younger players.”
In three seasons with the Marlies, Gilbert racked up a respectable 123-89 record. However, he didn’t fare as well in his three years in Calgary, finishing his tenure, 14 games under .500.
Gilbert was also a player, appearing in close to 850 NHL games, most with the New York Islanders. Gilbert holds the NHL record as the only man to win a Stanley Cup with both the Islanders and New York Rangers.
Just one year after drafting 2008 QMJHL Defenseman of the Year Marc-Andre Bourdon, 67th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the two-way blue liner is going pro. On Friday, the Flyers inked Bourdon to an entry-level deal, in which terms were not disclosed.
“Marc-Andre turns pro after an outstanding 2008-09 season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was honored for his play during the regular season and in the playoffs,” said Flyers’ General Manager Paul Holmgren. “We believe Marc-Andre has tremendous potential to develop into a solid defenseman at the next level.”
After weeks of speculation, the Flyers have made it official with former San Jose forward Lukas Kaspar. The former first-round selection in2004 was let go by the Sharks after underachieving and spending the majority of his pro career in the AHL. Kaspar played just 16 games with the Sharks, scoring four points in the process.
The 23-year old has the size to be a force at 6’2, 225 lbs., but doesn’t play like a power forward. Despite having a sniper’s shot and decent hands, Kaspar is inconsistent and plays a shy game. He has signed a two-way contract and could see some time with the Flyers, if his performance in training camp and his time with the Phantoms are productive.
With the signing of Kaspar, the Flyers continue to load up the AHL-NHL tweeners. With Krys Kolanos, Mika Pyorala, Jason Ward and now Lukas Kaspar in the mix, the Flyers have incredible forward depth in the system. Not to mention if one of these players finally hits their potential, they could quickly become an everyday NHLer.