With the Philadelphia Flyers somewhat eliminated from the playoffs, their focus has shifted to next season. Something that will see the debut of highly touted prospect Wade Allison.
Allison, 6’2″ 205lbs, is a former 2nd round pick by the Flyers in 2016.
Since being drafted, Allison has dealt with his fair share of injuries. Something that forced him to return to Western Michigan instead of turning pro in 2019.
During his time at Western Michigan, Allison scored 45-goals & 52-assists in 106-career-games.
After an ankle injury that led to surgery, Allison started the season on IR. Before being activated on March 12 & sent to the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
In 8-games for the Phantoms this season, Allison has 4-goals & 5-assists.
On Saturday, the Flyers recalled Allison to the taxi-squad. Tonight, after a 5-day wait, the first year pro will make his NHL debut.
Which Prospect Is Next?
With Tanner Laczynski & Wade Allison making their debuts so far this season, who is next?
After selling at the deadline, two roster spots were opened up. With the Flyers focusing on next season, those two spots will be used to work prospects into the lineup.
Recently signed forward Jackson Cates, brother of Flyers 2017 draftee Noah Cates, looks like he will be the next to get a look.
Cates, 6’0″ 190lbs, is an un-drafted free agent signee. (Flyers signed Cates on Tuesday)
This season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cates had 11-goals & 16-assists in 28-games.
“Jackson is a player that our staff has followed closely throughout his college career,” Asst GM Brent Flahr said “He’s a tenacious two-way center that has steadily improved his overall game each season. He’s been an integral part of a very successful college program at UMD and we’re excited to see him take his game to the next level.”
But, it will be at least a week after Cates was put on the covid list on Wednesday.
PHOTO CREDIT : ZacK Hill – Flyers PR Guru