Injury updates and roster moves should have Phantoms ready to compete this coming weekend.
With the first of three weekend games still more than three days away, the Phantoms roster continues to change. Instead of waiting until Friday to talk about it, here are some news and notes about who might be skating for the Hamilton Street Heroes:
- Christian Marti: Reported yesterday by Highland Park Hockey‘s Tony Androckitis, and analysed by our own der Eishockeyzuschauer, the big lefty Swiss defenceman has been assigned to the Phantoms. The Morning Call‘s Gary Blockus reports that Marti is skating “full-contact” this morning, while Androckitis reports that he will make his debut for the Phantoms this weekend.
- Danick Martel: Somewhat surprisingly, Martel was in the lineup for both games last weekend before ever skating “full contact” in practice. He scored the opening goal in Hershey on Sunday and looks to be back to 100%. The speedy forward should be a big help in the goal-scoring department going forward.
- Kevin Sundher: Sundher, a forward who did well with the Phantoms in pre-season, was added “on loan” from the Royals of Reading in time for the game in Hershey on Sunday. He scored the game-winning goal for the Phantoms in the 10th round of the shootout in that game!
- Chris Conner: The veteran forward who scored the only two Phantoms goals in the 3-2 loss versus the IceCaps, at PPL Center Friday night, was recalled to the Flyers in advance of their western road trip. He was a healthy scratch in last night’s loss to Vancouver. It has been reported that Couturier will be back for tonight’s game with Edmonton. Will Conner be returned? Will he make it through waivers? Stay tuned. We might need to wait until the Flyers come home following Saturday’s game in Winnipeg before we know.
- Geoff Walker: The veteran attacker who at 27 has 5 seasons of experience in the AHL–but who spent all of last season in the ECHL–has been “recalled” by the Phantoms, according to Royals reports by FromPenn2Broad. I count 269 AHL games for Walker, so he would be in that “tweener” category, with Drewiske. Does this mean Sundher gets sent back to Reading? Not so fast: Blockus reports that Sundher is skating with the Phantoms this morning–not Walker.
- Robert Hagg: Hagg has been skating “non-contact” and appears to be close to returning. We’ll await his status heading into the weekend.
- Nick Cousins: Nick was injured Friday at the PPL Center, and although “concussion” was never reported–the phrase “dazed” was used by several reporters. The promotion of Walker could signify an expected delay in Cousins’ return, as he’d have to move through the required concussion protocols. However, that is only my own speculation as to the nature of his injury; there’s nothing official.
- Colin McDonald, Cole Bardreau, and Michael Parks: These players continue to be on the injured list, and are not expected to play this weekend. None have been skating, according to practice reports.
- Evan Rankin: The forward who was hit in the neck or face by a Ghost blast on Friday, and missed Sunday’s game in Hershey, is expected to be back this weekend, according to Highland Park Hockey.
Stay tuned for more information, and full pre-game reports heading into Friday night’s rematch with Hershey. Hershey will be in Bridgeport tomorrow night as we stay home and rest.
See you at the arena,