Guest post by: John C.
If you haven’t heard, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has continued his off season of depth building by signing 6′-1″ left winger Chris Porter to a one year two-way contract.
Porter will provide great depth for when the injury bug bites the Flyers (which we all know happens every year). Last season when the Flyers suffered injuries, Hextall was forced to let some of the prospects into the lineup before he felt they were ready; something that goes against his overall plan. With Porter, Hextall has a veteran option if he needs a call up.
Oher then that, Porter will most likely be playing on the first or second line with the completely revamped Phantoms.
Porter has spent his entire career (so far) with the St.Louis Blues where he appeared in 173 regular season games posting only 11 goals along with 16 assists for 27 points over six seasons. He definitely has better stats down in the AHL playing with the Peoria Rivermen (2007-2013) and the Chicago Wolves (2013-2014) where he has scored 55 times along with picking 85 apples (assists) for 140 points in a total of 322 games….so don’t expect any scoring titles.
Porter played for four years (2003-2008) under current Flyers head coach Hakstol when he was at the University of North Dakota he also played alongside current Flyer Chris VandeVelde for a season (2006-2007).
The depth that Porter brings to the phantoms and the possible chemistry with Hakstol and CVV if he is called up make this addition one more small, intelligent move in Hextall’s plan.