Well, at least when the Flyers miss the playoffs the prospects come up.
Defenseman Robert Hagg will be making his NHL debut tonight in the Flyers’ final game of the 2016-17 season, and although he might not be the flashiest of the plethora of defensive prospects that the Flyers have, he may be the most ready for the NHL. Throughout this season with the Phantoms, he has put up 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points.
Hagg was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 NHL draft. Being drafted a round behind Samuel Morin, he has learned to thrive in the shadow of the other big names on the backline in the Flyers’ prospect pool. After being drafted, he played one more season with MODO Hockey in Sweden, where he put up 6 points in 77 games. He finished out the 2013-14 season playing with the Phantoms in Adirondack with 4 points in 10 games. For the past three years, he has been playing with the Phantoms on a full-time basis. In 200 total games with the Phantoms, he put up 50 points.
Hagg is someone that will have an immediate effect on the Flyers defensively. Many people believe him to be the most ready to take on the brunt of NHL-level play, and he now has a chance to show that tonight. Of course, as most will do, people will base their opinions of him on just one measly game, and although he doesn’t have the flash that Morin, Travis Sanheim, or Philippe Myers may have, look for him to possibly make the Flyers roster next year.
Oh, did I mention he will be wearing #48?