According to a report from Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi, the team could send rookie sensation Nolan Patrick down to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms on a conditioning stint.
The 19-year-old, second overall pick from this past June’s entry draft has been out of the Flyers’ lineup since suffering a concussion courtesy of Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Wagner last month. While he’s ineligible to join the Phantoms full-time due to his age and restrictions between the WHL and NHL, the young power forward could spend a maximum of two weeks with the minor league club.
While it may be disappointing for Flyers fans to see their top prospect and potential future superstar languishing in the minors, the reduced pace of play in the AHL may afford the youngster the opportunity to get back up to speed. It’s no secret that injuries have hindered Patrick’s development up to this point in his career, so why risk throwing him to the wolves in the NHL if it’s not needed. If Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall has showed us anything during his reign, it’s that he’s a patient executive and not afraid to go against the wishes of his fanbase.
Still, if Patrick were in fact demoted… expect to hear plenty of outrage from the Philly faithful.