Bob Rotruck is reporting from Voorhees, NJ during
Phantoms training camp.
Wow, time really flies. Feels like we just started.
But now it is pretty much time to start packing
up and get ready to get outta here.
The Phantoms have a couple more morning skates
while also making some tough roster decisions.
Also on the slate are a couple of scrimmages away
from the Skate Zone that have yet to be officially
announced. But we will be there with all the details
when they happen.
The players leave Voorhees on Sunday. Right now,
there are still 39 players remaining in camp.
By the time we get to Glens Falls, I'm guessing
that will be down to 22 or so. Definitely a lot
of tough decisions in there. And an almost certain
bet is that some of the guys who were with the
Phantoms last year and WOULD be with the Phantoms
this year will end up having to be sent down to
Trenton of the ECHL. All part of the chain-reaction
game of the NHL sending so many players to their
AHL teams to begin this year.
The Phantoms aren't alone in that regard. Most
of the AHL teams are getting NHL talent. And ECHL
teams are all getting pretty overloaded with some
really good AHL-caliber players too.
Had some more videos today. A couple of drills
and also a couple of interviews. Ian Laperriere
is the new Director of Player Development for
the Philadelphia Flyers and is excited at the
amount of talent his team has. Cullen Eddy returns
to the Phantoms for his third season. But it's
his first season with an NHL contract. He had
been on an AHL contract before. That's a big credit
to him and what he's done with his game and it's
obvious the Flyers like the path he is on.