STOLARZ READY FOR GAME ACTION
Anthony Stolarz skated in practice for the first time this regular season after being recalled early this morning - but he been through this before.
Although recalled several times in the past, he has never gotten a taste of game action and still awaits his NHL debut.
This time around that is likely to change.
"Yeah I think you will," said Hakstol. "I think it's a great opportunity for Anthony to continue what he's done over the last year and couple months down in the American Hockey League. He's proven that he's ready to be here. We'll take it day-by-day and decide when that start is, but we'll have him as a starter at some point in time through this stretch."
Video: Coach Hakstol on Stolarz and the goalie situation
As for Stolarz, the time he has put in at the American Hockey League has not only prepared him to make that next step, but eager to face the challenge and learn from it. Stolarz is coming off of four consecutive wins early this season in Lehigh Valley in which he has a save percentage of .938.
"I think my progression over the last two years has been a lot different than my first year," said Stolarz. "I think in my first year I really struggled a little bit adjusting to the pro level, but I think over the course of the last year and a half Kim [Dillabaugh] and Brady [Robinson] have really helped me improve my game and angle maintenance and rebound control and I want to get that next test. I want to get a shot in the NHL."
As for being recalled more than a few times (upwards of seven times) without actually seeing game time, just like any other young player coming up, there is a process to go through.
"Anthony's done a good job with the Phantoms. He's got a couple years in the American League. He's continued to get better, so we'll see where it goes," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "You never know for sure, 100 percent, when a goalie is ready. We don't want a goalie ready for one game. We want him ready for the long-haul and the best way to be ready for the long-haul is to have the proper training. So we'll see where this goes with Mason and Stolarz."
MacDONALD SKATES; SIMMONDS SICK
Andrew MacDonald, who had been sidelined for the past five games with a lower-body injury, took part in practice today with the full team for the first time. GM Ron Hextall announced that he is medically cleared to play.
Among the players taking part in practice, Wayne Simmonds was not one of them. Hextall announced that Simmonds is feeling under the weather.
He has been one of the club's hottest players as of late, recording points in seven of his last 10 games, including two goals and an assist in his last two outings. As of Monday, Simmonds five goals on the power play are tied for second in the NHL.
Video: PHI@TOR: Simmonds scores second on shorthanded break
After a complete day off for the team on Sunday, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced this morning that the club has recalled goaltender Anthony Stolarz from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The announcement comes just prior to the team's practice at Skate Zone in preparation for Tuesday night's game vs. Ottawa.
Stolarz is 6-2-0 in eight games for the Phantoms, posting a 2.39 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season, his third since turning professional. He is currently on a four-game winning streak, which includes one shutout.
A second round draft pick (45th overall) in 2012, Stolarz has been recalled by the Flyers in each of the last two seasons and dressed in games as a back up but has yet to make his NHL debut.