By Henry Aldridge

So, is Flyers right winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel as good as he seems or is he a hype?

He has generated a lot of buzz because of his tenacious style of play, which mirrors the team’s identity.

The 23-year-old has six goals and six assists through 31 games, the most playing time he’s had with the Flyers in his career. Since January, Aube-Kubel has been logging 11 minutes per game as a bottom-six forward and has continued to make the most out of his opportunity.

For the Flyers, Aube-Kubel wasn’t just another call-up, as the team made the tough decision to send him down to their AHL affiliate Leigh Valley Phantoms at the end of training camp before the season. The 5-11, right-shot raised eyebrows during camp, making a solid case to crack the lineup.

He was a pleasant surprise to most coaches and fans, considering all eyes were on the two most talked about prospects in the Flyers’ system. Nineteen-year-old left winger Joel Farabee and 20-year-old center Morgan Frost attracted quite the buzz, slightly overshadowing Aube-Kubel’s camp. Evidently, the youth movement in Philly is in full effect and Aube-Kubel’s game has not gone unnoticed.

The Slave Lake, Alberta native has spent most of his professional career in the minors, all with the Phantoms. He was drafted 48th overall in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Flyers and his trajectory has soared since his rookie year in AHL.

His game catapulted in 2017-18 when he finished 3rd on the Phantoms in points, netting a career-high in both goals (18) and assists (28) playing the entire season. If the numbers aren’t enough, he’s never been afraid to throw his 187-pound body around and get in his opponent’s face. In the 2018-19 campaign, he racked up 69 penalty minutes, letting his presence be known in the corners or anywhere on the ice to those who come his way.

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