The team announced that general manager Paul Holmgren has sent defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and winger Michael Raffl to the Adirondack Phantoms.
Lauridsen, 24, did not stand much of a chance to make the team as the Flyers already had a surplus of defensemen. He did play well when called up in 15 games last season for the Flyers scoring twice and dishing out an assist.
Raffl, 24, is an Austrian-born forward who signed with the Flyers last spring. When Raffl signed, many believed he would play a year or two with the Phantoms before making the jump to the NHL. He played in Allsvenskan, the second-tier Swedish league, scoring 24 goals and adding 22 assists in 49 games played. Raffl figured to make the jump to the Swedish Elite League but opted to come to the Flyers.
The 6'1", 192 lbs. winger has made a much smoother transition to the small ice in the NHL than most expected. Vinny Lecavalier told CSN Philly that he and Raffl "connected right away" and it made "for a lot easier game." Having Lecavalier on your side has got to help your chances.
Raffl reminds me a lot of Matt Read but even more offensive-minded. He has good hands and a knack for creating scoring opportunities. Whether he needs a season or two with the Phantoms or makes the Flyers this year, I think this kid has the potential to be a very solid player at the NHL level.
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