UPDATE: Konecny and Laughton Added to Ongoing Deluge of Injuries; Philadelphia is an AHL Town
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. An NHL regular for the Philadelphia Flyers is leaving the lineup for an extended time due to injury.
This time, it’s leading scorer Travis Konecny–who missed the last two games–that will miss the next several as he’s projected to be out for another two weeks. Joining him on the injured list for roughly the same length of time will be Scott Laughton, a man we’ve been giving top-6 center minutes for most of the season.
Things remained status quo with the often injured Wade Allison, and Cam Atkinson remains out on a week-to-week basis–which given that this is the Flyers–I presume this means he’s dead.
I’m sorry, Wade. I’m sorry, Cam. But at this point, if I don’t laugh… I may well cry. This has gotten ridiculous.
The Flyers tried to call up Connor Bedard from the Regina Pats, but were told they would have to wait until they finally and inevitably drafted him in July. Their backup plan, apparently, was Jackson Cates.
They called up Jackson from the Leigh High Valley Phantoms to slot in, presumably, as the 13th forward and rotate with Kieffer Bellows for ice time.
I’m not sure how many injuries it will take before they start calling up their prospects with any kind of ceiling just so I have something to watch, but given their decisions so far, it appears it’s a long list of injuries required to reach that point.
As it stands, the Philadelphia Flyers are an AHL team with a small dose of NHL talent sprinkled in and one of the worst teams in the league.
So yeah, things are going great over here!
The draft is all the way in July? Wow, that’s crazy.
Maybe it’ll feel like it came faster than it actually did, but I doubt it.
Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett