Tyson Foerster and his blazing shot opening eyes at Flyers’ training camp | On the Fly
Right winger Tyson Foerster, owner of a wicked shot, is only 19 and is a long shot to make the Flyers. But Wade Allison's injury and Foerster's strong play have at least put him in the conversation.
At 19, and with just 24 professional games on his resume, right winger Tyson Foerster is a long shot to earn a spot on the Flyers’ opening-night roster.
But Wade Allison’s ankle injury, coupled with Foerster’s strong play thus far in training camp, has at least put him on coach Alain Vigneault’s radar.
Foerster, whose blazing shot is NHL-ready, had some eye-opening performances in rookie camp. He will get a chance to show he belongs during the upcoming preseason games, and probably needs an offensive eruption to beat the odds and earn a roster spot.
In the last year, “there’s a definite improvement in his skating, definite improvement in his puck protection,” Vigneault said on Sunday. “He loves to shoot the puck. That’s a great quality to have, especially when you have that release. He’s a young player, but we’re going to give him a look. He’s definitely going to get out there in the exhibitions there. See what he can prove and show what he can do for us.”
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Foerster was ticketed to play in the Ontario Hockey League last season, but the schedule was wiped out by COVID-19. Hence, he (and others) were allowed to play as an underage AHL player.
He made the most of his opportunity, scoring 10 goals and tallying 17 points in 24 games while playing mostly against older players.
“I think it helped me hugely,” Foerster, a first-round selection (23rd overall) in 2020, said this summer about his time in the AHL. “All those guys are strong. In the OHL, the third and fourth lines aren’t as good. But all four lines are good [in the AHL], and it’s a grind and you just have to work for everything.
“I think I showed I can play on that level,” he added. “I know there’s another step to get to.”
With dynamic performances in the preseason games, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Foerster will at least give himself a shot at reaching the NHL. If he doesn’t make the team, he may return to the Phantoms because the AHL is giving exemptions to underage players who played in at least 20 games last season.
Wherever he plays, Foerster has the look of a big-time sniper -- and someone who will be a major part of the Flyers at some point in the future.
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Tuesday: Islanders at Flyers, exhibition game, 7 p.m. (NBCSP+)
Thursday: Flyers at Boston, exhibition game, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
Saturday: Washington at Flyers, exhibition game, 7 p.m. (NBCSP+)
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Question: Assuming Morgan Frost does not earn the role, would you rather see Derick Brassard in the 2C spot or have G (Claude Giroux) come off the top-line left wing to fill the spot?
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Answer: At this point in his career, Giroux is better-suited at left wing, so I would leave him there and build chemistry with Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny. There was too much flux in the lines last year. Let them play together for a while and get some cohesiveness. As far as Brassard and Frost, both figure to play center in middle-six roles while Kevin Hayes (abdominal surgery) is sidelined for about 10 games. Their lines will probably get the same amount of time, so I wouldn’t get too hung up as to whom is centering the No. 2 or No. 3 lines.
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