The 2015-2016 Lehigh Valley Phantoms may face an interesting problem: Too much talent.
The current incarnation of the Phantoms is rife with young, talented players. These are the guys the Flyers hope will eventually make up the core of their NHL squad–guys like Taylor Leier, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Anthony Stolarz, and others.
And, that’s not a problem. It’s going to be fun to watch. A potential problem might be this: Too much veteran talent. The AHL wants to be a developmental league, so they limit the number of “veteran” players that a team can dress for each game. Here’s the rule:
Of the 18 skaters (not counting two goaltenders) that teams may dress for a game, at least 13 must be qualified as “development players.” Of those 13, 12 must have played in 260 or fewer professional games (including AHL, NHL and European elite leagues), and one must have played in 320 or fewer professional games. All calculations for development status are based on regular-season totals as of the start of the season
Here are the players who are affected:
Tim Brent 602
Chris Conner 593
Colin McDonald 592
Andrew MacDonald 545
Jay Rosehill 542
Aaron Palushaj 379
Davis Drewiske 284
So Drewiske can be the 13th player, and only five of the remaining will dress. As a massive “Hockey Night” post is in process to get you ready for tomorrow’s game, keep these limits in mind as my lines/lineup projections will probably be wrong.
Ultimately, things will work out. The veteran “waiver casualties,” McDonald and MacDonald, may find their way back to the Flyers. Injuries will occur. (Logan Pyett 465 though…) Just keep these limits in mind if the lineups and scratches don’t seem to make sense.
See you at the arena,