Top prospect James van Riemsdyk is making his 2nd annual campaign to annoy the hell out of Paul Holmgren.
The 6-3, 19-year-old left-winger just finished his sophomore year at UNH. He scored 17 goals and added 23 assists in 36 regular season games for the Wildcats.
The Flyers are trying to get him on a tryout contract with the Phantoms for the rest of the season. This dance happened last year, and JVR made a very rare move (and ticked Homer off) by choosing to go back to school.
Van Riemsdyk was the Flyer's first pick in the 2007 entry draft and the second pick overall.
"I have spoken a couple of times with his adviser," Holmgren said. "We're still just kind of talking.
"I'm not sure which way this is going to go. [University of New Hampshire] lost and James needs to make a decision whether he wants to leave school or not, and that's kind of what we're talking about right now.
"He's still doing some soul-searching, would be the way to put it right now. I've not talked to James. I've just spoken to his adviser."
On one hand, college is awesome. Especially when it's paid for and you get to be the man every day and be on a varsity athletic team and get mad perks, jersey chasing girls and free gear.
On the other hand, the Flyers are prepared to pay this kid a lot of money, and by a lot of accounts he could be an impact NHL player VERY soon. I would like to see him come out now. It would really be beneficial for him to get in the developmental time at a much higher level of hockey with better, more skilled players. Cheap talent would be really helpful for the Orange and Black next year as they once again fight the cap.
The article also mentions Luca Sbisa will return once Lethbridge's season is over. They are currently in the WHL playoffs. Will the Flyers be able to fit him under the cap?