With a three-game road trip next on the slate for the Philadelphia Flyers, Olle Lycksell…
The Flyers have announced they’re activating Bobby Brink from injured reserve, and he will be loaned to the Phantoms to play AHL hockey.
Bobby Brink Activated from Injured List
Joining him on the trip to Leigh High will be Olle Lycksell, who the Flyers seem adamantly opposed to giving any kind of run at the NHL level.
There is an extreme shortage of things to get excited about in Flyers land. Once upon a time, one of the exceptions to that rule was a diminutive playmaking winger by the name of Bobby Brink.
Bobby Brink suffered a torn hip labrum that stopped his season before training camp could begin.
Last season was the ultimate breakthrough for Bobby. In his junior season with the University of Denver, Brink was nominated for the Hobey Baker award after he put up 14 goals and 43 assists for 57 points through 41 games.
Many argued he should have won the award given to the NCAA’s best player each season.
In a 10-game stint with the Flyers last season, Brink amassed four assists. Those 4 points in 10 games are modest but a respectable number.
Those were his first NHL games, and Brink’s standout trait—his advanced hockey sense—takes longer to translate than unreal speed or strength.
There was a chance, especially given the depleted nature of the Flyers’ roster, that he could have made the team out of camp.
But the injury changed that. And now, Brink will be playing his first hockey since the summer.
That guaranteed he would start with the Phantoms. And most likely, he will end the year with them.
But all the same, Bobby Brink is fun to watch. His playmaking is an exceptional gift. And the Phantoms just added a markedly advanced offensive player.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few highlights assists pop up during his tenure with the Leigh High Valley Phantoms.
And perhaps, by the time the NHL trade deadline passes and the Flyers are mired in otherwise irrelevant games, they’ll give him some run at the NHL level.