By Harry Allison
Flyers rookie camp began yesterday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees but the big news was about defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
According to GM Ron Hextall, MacDonald was injured about 10 days ago in an off-ice workout and will miss approximately the next six weeks.
While the organization signed veteran defenseman Christian Folin over the summer — and he will be in the thick of the hunt for an opening night starting spot — there will also be an opportunity for Philippe Myers and other youngsters to try to win a job.
Last season, the Flyers had two rookies on the blueline who played 50+ games if playoffs are included (49+4 for Travis Sanheim, 70+2 for Robert Hägg). As such, it may be a little easier to incorporate a new rookie such as Myers, who will be going into his second pro season after spending last season with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
“Our young guys aren’t as green now as they were a year or two ago,” Hextall said. He added that it is one of the factors to consider when the organization determines its blueline mix. If a similar injury had occurred to a veteran a couple years ago, the Flyers would have been more likely to look to add an additional vet via trade or free agency.