When it rains it pours. That saying is especially relevant to the Flyers.
In typical Flyers fashion, a four-game winning streak was ended playing at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets were on a three-game losing streak and, coming into Philadelphia, were playing their second game in two nights. Despite the quick games, the Blue Jackets outplayed the Flyers almost all night.
The game ended in a 4-1 regulation loss cutting off the Flyers winning streak.
To add to the negatives of the night, Luke Schenn was injured late in the third period when he fell awkwardly after being hit by Blue Jackets Michael Chaput.
— SomeHockeyVideos (@SomeHockeyVideo) December 6, 2015
The injury will keep Schenn out for two weeks and with Radko Gudas still serving a 3 game suspension, the Flyers will need to pull up a defenseman from the Phantoms.
The last defensive call-up the Flyers made has made a huge impact. Shayne Gostisbehere has cemented himself in the lineup in the eleven games he’s played so far. So fans are understandably excited for the next young prospect to be phased into the lineup with a strong NHL performance and force Hextall’s plan to move a bit more quickly.
But as excited as some people are, there’s really not a very good chance that the next of the Big 5 prospects makes it to the big league. Gostisbehere would never have made the lineup if Mark Streit hadn’t suffered a long term injury, Hextall still believes in letting the young talent marinate until they’re 100% ready. The best or most likely options are Mark Alt or Davis Drewiske.
At 31 years old, Drewiske wouldn’t be expected to make a huge impact on the Flyers blue line. Hextall is only looking for a one game fill in, so the journeyman would be a safe call-up. Drewiske hasn’t been an offensive threat with the Phantoms, only earning two assists in his 21 games, but that’s not necessarily what the Flyers need, after all, Gudas’ suspension is about to be over.
Mark Alt is the other possibility. He’s already played a single game with the Flyers last season, so it just might be time for his second game. So far this season, Alt has 9 points, so he offers a bit more of an offensive edge than Drewiske, but will that matter in one game? Probably not.
Also for Mark Alt this year: More offensive chances. Backdoor rushes or speed into slot. He’s a good skater and decent stick handler.
— Bob Rotruck (@BobRotruck) December 6, 2015
Alt does deserve his chance with the Flyers, but a one game fill in probably won’t be the big shot he’s looking for.
Of course, there’s always Andrew MacDonald waiting for his chance to slip back into the Flyers lineup, but hopefully he stay buried.