looking to build after NHL debut last season.
Brandon Manning got notice that he was going
to be recalled to the National Hockey League for
the first time the morning of Thursday, March
The Flyers were facing the Florida Panthers at
the Wells Fargo Center later that evening and
Manning would indeed end up making his NHL debut
due to injuries that forced defensemen Andrej
Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen out of the lineup.
The 21-year-old Manning would go on to record
nearly 15 minutes of ice-time (14:59), three shots
and a plus-minus rating of plus-2 to help the
Flyers to a 5-0 victory over the Panthers.
“I think I was just trying to keep it pretty
simple out there,” said Manning following
the game. “When I get an opportunity, I
think I want to jump in there. It's part of my
game that I want to contribute."
Manning would end up appearing in three more
games for the Flyers during March and was recalled
again as one of nine Black Aces for the Flyers
Stanley Cup playoff run, but like many of the
Flyers young crop of prospects, his future looks
bright and his debut impressed the coaching staff.
“Mandog was terrific. He moved the puck,
he generated some offense and defensively he held
his own out there,” said Flyers head coach
“Coming in for the first time is never
an easy thing and I thought he did a terrific
job. Played regular shifts, regular minutes and
he looked good out there doing it.”
Manning spent most of the season with the club’s
American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack
In his first season as a pro, he posted six goals
and 13 assists for 19 points and 81 penalty minutes
in 46 games for the Phantoms. Of his six goals,
four were on the power play.
He signed an entry level contract with the Flyers
in November of 2010 while in the middle of his
junior career with the Chilliwack Bruins of the
Western Hockey League.
In parts of four seasons with the WHL Bruins,
Manning recorded 45 goals and 91 assists for 136
points and 415 penalty minutes in 200 games. Of
his 45 goals during his junior career, 27 of them
came on the power play.
After being one of 12 rookies to suit up for
the Flyers this past season, Manning will certainly
be one of the young stars at September’s
training camp to build on his brief stay in Orange
& Black in 2012-13.