(October 19) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 6'3", 225-pound left wing Ben Eager, 6'0", 200-pound right wing Stefan Ruzicka and 6'2", 220-pound defenseman Alexandre Picard from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. All three players will be available to play in tonight's Flyers-Tampa Bay Lightning game at the St. Pete Times Forum (Comcast SportsNet and 610 WIP at 7:30 p.m.). Eager has been assigned uniform number #55, Picard has been assigned uniform number #29 and Ruzicka has been assigned uniform number #9.
In addition, the Flyers announced that forwards Niko Dimitrakos and Petr Nedved were assigned to the Phantoms.
Eager, 22, was scoreless with 21 penalty minutes in three games for the Phantoms this season. His 21 penalty minutes rank second on the team. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Eager recorded three goals and five assists for eight points and 18 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games for the Flyers last season. He also posted 18 points (6G,12A) and 251 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games for the Phantoms during the 2005-06 season. His 251 penalty minutes were third most on the Phantoms.
Eager was acquired by the Flyers, along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojevic, from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Mike Comrie on February 9, 2004. He was originally drafted by Phoenix in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Ruzicka, 21, recorded five goals and four assists for nine points and seven penalty minutes in four games for the Phantoms this season. He leads the Phantoms in goals (5 - tied for third in the AHL) and points (9 - tied for first in the AHL). Ruzicka was scoreless in one game with the Flyers last season. He registered 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points and 88 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games for the Phantoms last season.
A native of Nitra, Czechoslovakia, Ruzicka was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (81st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Picard, 21, posted two points (1G,1A) in four games for the Phantoms this season. He was scoreless in six regular season games for the Flyers last season. He recorded seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points and 82 penalty minutes in 75 regular season games for the Phantoms last season.
A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Picard was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (85th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Dimitrakos was scoreless in two games for the Flyers this season. Nedved was scoreless in six games for the Flyers this season.