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Roster released for Rookie Game vs. Islanders

See who's in for tonight's game at PPL Center in Allentown

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

The club held a morning skate today to simulate a typical game day, as tonight's game against the Islanders rookies at the PPL Center in Allentown will mark the end of Rookie Camp. 

One note to come out of the skate is that goaltender Felix Sandstrom will get the start in net for the Flyers rookies. Stay tuned to for news, notes & reaction from the morning skate.

24 - Mikhail Vorobyev C
48 - Morgan Frost C
49 - Joel Farabee RW
50 - German Rubtsov C
64 - Maksim Sushko RW
72 - David Kase C
74 - Egor Serdyuk RW   
75 - Pascal Laberge C
76 - Isaac Ratcliffe LW
77 - Max Golod LW
78 - Matthew Strome LW
89 - Mika Cyr LW

5 - Philippe Myers 
54 - Egor Zamula
63 - Mason Millman
80 - Robert Michel
84 - Sean Comrie
85 - Josh Couturier
86 - Wyatte Wylie

32 - Felix Sandstrom
67 - Kirill Ustimenko

* The game will be televised in the Allentown area on Service Electric and in the Philadelphia area on NBC Sports Philadelphia + (NBCSP+).

* The game can also be heard live on the Phantoms radio network (ESPN 1470) and picked up by Flyers Radio 24/7.


UPDATE 1:16PM contributor Bill Meltzer was on hand at the morning skate. Here are his news & notes to look for in tonight's game.

* Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon will be at the helm behind the bench tonight.

* The Big Line: All eyes will be on the trio of Morgan Frost centering Isaac Ratcliffe on left wing and Joel Farabee on the right. Both collectively and individually, the highly touted trio has breezed through the drills over the three days of practice leading into the Rookies Game.

RATCLIFFE: "It's great to play with such elite skill players. We're also really good friends off the ice, which is a big help. I feel like the chemistry is there."

* Myers Leads the Blueline: Phil Myers, as expected, will skate on the top pairing in the Rookies Game. For Myers, the focus is on winning an NHL roster spot out of main camp but the game in Allentown isn't meaningless for him... Myers will be paired on defense with Calgary Hitmen defenseman Egor Zamula, a free agent signee last September who has looked good in drills on all three days of practice.

GORDON: "For a guy like Phil, he can lead by example for the younger guys,and get a jump start on the main camp. He's been doing those things so far."

* Laberge on PP1: At Tuesday's practice, the squad used three forwards (Frost, Farabee and Ratcliffe) and two defensemen (Myers and Zamula) on power play drills. At Wednesday's morning skate, Gordon moved forward Pascal Laberge onto the unit with Frost, Farabee, Ratcliffe and Myers.

GORDON: "I wanted to get a righthanded forward out there, and Pascal has a very good shot."

* Sandström and Ustimenko in net: Playing their respective first season in North America, Felix Sandström and Kirill Ustimenko will split goaltending duties on Wednesday. Sandström will get the start and Ustimenko will take over in the middle of the second period.

* Islander Outlook: The Islanders Rookie Camp roster includes several first-round picks as well as young players whom Phantoms fans may be familiar with as members of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The most notable names on the roster include sniping forwards Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom (Farabee's frequent linemate on the USNTDP), 2019 first-round selection Simon Holmström, as well as top blueline prospects Noah Dobson (12th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft) and Bode Wilde. Also on hand is 2019 second-round pick Samuel Bolduc. Neither Holmström nor Wilde are available for Wednesday's game, with both players nursing injuries.

The goaltenders available for the Islanders are Swedish netminder Linus Söderström, Czech goalie Jakub Skarek and ECHL netminder Evan Buitenhuis.


FLYERS PROJECTED LINES (subject to change)

76 Isaac Ratcliffe - 48 Morgan Frost - 49 Joel Farabee
64 Maxim Sushko - 50 German Rubtsov - 75 Pascal Laberge
77 Max Golod - 24 Mikhail Vorobyev - 72 David Kase
78 Matthew Strome - 89 Mika Cyr - 74 Egor Serdyuk

54 Egor Zamula - 5 Phil Myers
63 Mason Millman - 80 Robert Michel
89 Wyatte Wylie - 84 Sean Comrie
85 Josh Couturier

32 Felix Sandström / 67 Kirill Ustimenko

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