der EishockeyZuschauer, ALLENTOWN, PA
In a move that will do nothing to decrease competition for a place on the opening night roster during pre-season training camp this fall, it can now be confirmed that the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have signed versatile free agent forward Chris McCarthy to an American Hockey League contract for this season.
McCarthy twice led the Vermont Catamounts in scoring while playing in the crack Hockey East conference but has reinvented himself as a reliable defensive forward ever since signing an entry level contract with the New York Rangers in March of 2014. The now 25-year-old who grew up roughly thirty miles northwest of Philadelphia spent almost all of his rookie professional season skating with the Greenville Road Warriors in the third tier East Coast Hockey League but used that time wisely to work on his all-around game. McCarthy graduated to the next level with a good showing in training camp last year and ended up skating in 54 AHL games for the Hartford Wolf Pack while posting final totals of six goals, 22 points and a – 2 plus / minus rating.
McCarthy pulled off an interesting hat trick versus the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last season in that the 6’1″ 205-pound winger / center registered one assist in each of the three American Hockey League games that the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack played at the PPL Center in Allentown last term, pre-season exhibition contest included. Officially speaking, the native Pennsylvanian logged two assists for Hartford while skating in four AHL games versus Lehigh Valley last season. The Wolf Pack finished ten points ahead of the Phantoms in the Eastern Conference standings but also failed the qualify the annual Calder Cup playoffs, it shall be noted
Characterized as “energetic”, “hard-working” and “smart” by a New York Rangers blog attempting to rank the organization’s prospects last summer, McCarthy was mostly utilized on the Hartford Wolf Pack’s checking line over the course of the 2015/16 campaign and it is in that role that the third-year pro would most likely be appearing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this term, as well.
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