VandeVelde, 27, had one assist and six penalty minutes in 18 games with the Flyers. He scored 10 goals and had 24 points in 41 games with the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
He came to the Flyers organization after spending three seasons playing for the Edmonton Oilers organization, splitting his time between Edmonton and their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. VandeVelde had one goal, three points and 18 penalty minutes in 28 games during three stints with the Oilers, who selected him in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2005 NHL Draft.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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