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OTF: Flyers recall D Will O'Neill

Patrick, MacDonald on IR and other roster notes from practice

by @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled defenseman Will O'Neill from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to GM Ron Hextall.

Hextall also announced that forward Nolan Patrick and Andrew MacDonald are on injured reserve. Patrick, along with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, skated on their own before practice today and are still listed as day-to-day with upper-body injuries. Both players will not accompany the team on their two-game trip to Chicago and St. Louis.

O'Neill receives first recall to the Flyers this season. He has appeared in nine games for the Phantoms this season, recording three points (1g-2a). 

"It's my first time here and it's been a long time coming for me so I'm excited and looking forward to it," said O'Neill, who if he gets in the lineup, would be making his NHL debut. 

Video: O'Neill chats with media after being called up

"I'm going to stick to my strengths. I've played a lot of games and over time you figure out more and more how to play and I think I've done that for a long time and it's been a while that I've felt super-confident in my game and that's the way it keeps going."

In his second season with the organization, O'Neill appeared in one preseason game for the Flyers, recording one assist in the Flyers' 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Sept. 20.

"These guys are here for a reason. They had a good camp, so we have some very good information from there and have played well to this point in the American Hockey League," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol after practice on young defense coming from the club's AHL affiliate. "As in Mark Alt's situation, he came up and he played a real solid, 60-minute hockey game for us."

Alt was recalled to the Flyers on Monday and appeared in 16:54 of ice time and had three shots on goal. He and O'Neill have familiarity with each other as the two were paired on the blueline with the Phantoms for most of this season.

Hextall also clarified that defenseman Samuel Morin was not officially recalled due to a minor injury he had been battling. As for Andrew MacDonald, Hextall said that he is on track with the club's original timeline of 4-6 weeks with his lower-body injury. He suffered the injury on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

O'Neill signed with the Flyers on the first day of Free Agency on July 1, 2016. He enters his seventh pro season, all in the American Hockey League, where he has accumulated 35 goals and 156 assists for 191 points in 346 regular season games with the St. John's IceCaps (2012-15), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2015-16) and Phantoms (2016-present).

Prior to turning pro, he spent four years at the University of Maine (2008-12) where he recorded a total of 101 points (19g-82a) in 141 games.

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