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Tye McGinn is going back to the Phantoms as Flyers' camp battles come into focus a bit. Who's next to go?
It was a long shot that Tye McGinn would make the Philadelphia Flyers roster out of this short training camp, but it was nice that he got a nice look from the coaching staff. It shows where he stands on the depth chart and how the Flyers view him as a potential callup option during this shortened 48-game season.
McGinn was sent back to the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday following Day 4 of Flyers' camp in Voorhees, the team announced. He'll be back in the Phantoms lineup by the weekend and doesn't have to clear waivers or anything like that since he's on a two-way deal.
With McGinn back in the AHL, the question then becomes: Who's next to go?
The roster is about set on defense as the Flyers have seven defenseman on the roster with Andreas Lilja on waivers. When he (likely) clears, he'll be sent to the Phantoms, the timing dependent on when Andrej Meszaros returns to the lineup. But at forward there are still a few players looking to crack the roster.
Scott Laughton is still in camp, but we're starting to see junior-level players sent back to their CHL teams around the league. The Capitals assigned Tom Wilson to Plymouth of the OHL late Wednesday afternoon and it's expected that other junior players around the league will see a same fate in the next two days, Laughton included. Some of Laughton's fate hinges on the injury status of Danny Briere, however. Laughton could see a short NHL look with Briere out for a few games to start the season.
Eric Wellwood is in quite the battle himself, which I'm not sure I understand. He's had a rough year in the AHL so far this season but I was under the impression a lot of that had more to do with head coach Terry Murray than with Wellwood's play. He's still the most skilled young forward in the organization that's not an NHL regular, so it seems like a no-brainer that he'd be at the top of the list to remain with the team -- especially when you consider how weak the team is at left wing.
But, alas, he's been playing on a "fifth line" a bit this week, and that's not exactly a great sign when it comes to his prospects for sticking with the team. It looks like it's between Shelley, Sestito, Wellwood and Laughton for the final two roster spots -- and frankly, Wellwood should be a lock when looking at that group. We'll see. McGinn going down certainly helps him.
Rosters have to be set by 3 p.m. Friday, so the next 48 hours will see quite a bit of movement.