Bobby Brink is officially a Philadelphia Flyer
It’s officially Bobby Brink time in Philadelphia. Denver just took home the chip against Minnesota St. yesterday in a 5-1 win. Brink finished the tournament with 2 assists, one of them being a beautiful pass to Carter Savoie in OT to beat a loaded Michigan team on Thursday.
Bobby Brink, a 2nd round pick (34th overall in the 2019 NHL draft) enjoyed a fantastic junior season, scoring 14G-39A-53P in 34 games. Brink was 1st in the NCAA in points, 7 points ahead of the runner-up, Nathan Smith, who had 46 points.
With players such as Noah Cates and Ronnie Attard signing with the team right after their elimination from the tournament, Brink has done the same now that he’s a champion.
Noah Cates scored his first NHL goal on April 5th against Columbus and then scored again the very next game against the same team. Ronnie Attard scored his first NHL goal yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks, so the young guns who just signed are already getting their feet wet.
Brink is a lot more dynamic than Cates, but Cates’ board battle play since he’s been with the team has been nothing short of eye-opening. We’ve heard how good of a two-way player he is since he was drafted in 2017 (137th overall) and how his game translates well to the NHL game, but it almost seems like he has a puck on a string when he’s battling someone along the boards.
I really think Cates could be a real solid 3rd/4th line player for this team, maybe another…Michael Raffl?
In one of the worst seasons I’ve ever endured as a Flyer fan, Brink will bring some excitement that was stolen from all of us this season. Personally, I’d love to see a Brink – Frost – Tippett/Konecny line. This year is lost, we all know that, but getting a glimpse of the potential future with this line would be a lot of fun.
Dryden McKay (G) beat out Brink for the Hobey Baker Award (top college player) but somehow lost the best goalie award to Northeastern’s Devon Levi. How does that make any sense? Anyway, Brink might’ve lost the Hobey, but I’d take a wild guess and say he’d rather be a champion over winning an individual award.
Bobby Brink didn’t register a point in the 1st game of the playoffs against UMass Lowell, but he did register an assist against Minnesota-Duluth the very next game. The lack of points doesn’t mean he hasn’t been creating, Brink has looked good all season and continued the solid play through the playoffs. Assisting on Savoie’s OT winner gave Flyers fans a glimpse of the play-making ability Brink will bring to the lineup.
Bobby Brink will finish his college career with 27G-65A-92P in 84 games. The Flyers play the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, so Brink’s NHL debut could come then.
The Flyers also see the Montreal Canadiens on the 21st, so we could potentially see a Cam York + Bobby Brink vs Cole Caufield game in the near future.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Bobby Brink.
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