Transactions: Desnoyers and Ersson Returned to Phantoms

Elliot Desnoyers Made NHL Debut Saturday Night

February 26, 2023

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers have assigned forward Elliot Desnoyers and goaltender Sam Ersson to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Ersson, 23, recorded his first career AHL shutout in his most recent game with the Phantoms on February 11 recording 15 saves in a 3-0 win against the Bridgeport Islanders. He is 15-10-1, 2.58, .911 with the Phantoms this season. With the Philadelphia Flyers this year, Ersson is 6-1-0, 3.07, .898 and last week became just the eighth goalie in NHL history to begin a career with a 6-0-0 mark.

Ersson’s first recall in December and January included his first NHL win on December 31, 2022 at the Los Angeles Kings and also his first NHL shutout on January 9, 2023 at Buffalo. Since returning to the Phantoms from January 20 through February 13, Ersson went 6-2-0, 2.27, .915.

Desnoyers, 21, has had a stellar rookie campaign with the Phantoms and tops the team with 19 goals and 36 points in 48 games. His 17 assists are tied for second on the Phantoms and he is third among AHL rookies in goals.

The 5’11” left-handed shooter for Saint-Hyacinthe, PQ was a Round 5 selection of the Flyers in 2020 and made his NHL debut on Saturday, February 25 for the Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey. He became the third Lehigh Valley developed player this season to make his NHL debut with the Flyers joining Olle Lycksell and Sam Ersson.

Desnoyers has been on a torrid pace in February scoring 5-7-12 in just seven games played (while missing three games due to injury or illness). He recently had a career-best four-point game on Sunday, February 19 with one goal and three assists while factoring in on each of the team’s four goals against Hartford and helping linemate Garrett Wilson record the team’s first hat trick of the season.

The Phantoms are in action this evening at the Bridgeport Islanders in a Sunday tilt starting at 5:00 p.m.


Phantoms Tickets are available HERE

Saturday, February 25 (7:00) at Hershey Bears
Sunday, February 26 (5:00) at Bridgeport Islanders
Friday, March 3 (7:00) at Syracuse Crunch
Saturday, March 4 (7:05) vs. TORONTO MARLIES

Saturday, March 4 (7:05) vs. Toronto Marlies – Slap Shot Night with Dave Hanson!

Sunday, March 5 (7:05) vs. Providence Bruins – Team Poster Giveaway and Postgame Autographs

Saturday, March 11 (7:05) vs. Belleville Senators – Hockey Fiesta Weekend

Sunday, March 12 (4:05) vs. Utica Comets – meLVin Youth Jersey Day (first 2,000 kids age 4 and younger) and Hockey Fiesta Weekend