Flyers recall Wellwood
When it was announced that James van Riemsdyk had a broken a bone in his foot, many began to speculate what the team was going to do to fill his roster spot.
On Saturday morning, General manager Paul Holmgren announced that the Philadelphia Flyers had recalled Eric Wellwood from the team’s AHL Affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
This is the fourth recall of the season for Wellwood, who turns 22 on Tuesday.
The 5’11’’ forward has appeared in five NHL games, recording a goal and two assists for three points.
Wellwood has recorded nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 33 games for the Phantoms this season. Over the past two years with the Phantoms, Wellwood has 25 goals and 24 assists for 49 points in 96 games.
He will be available for the team’s Sunday night game in Washington against the Capitals.
Now that the question of who is answered, the new question becomes where.
During his last stint with the Flyers, Wellwood spent the majority of his time playing on the fourth line.
In the team’s most recent game against the New York Islanders, the team’s fourth line pairing of Max Talbot, Sean Couturier and Zac Rinaldo acted as a punishing force.
With van Riemsdyk assumed out for the remainder of the season, the line may need to be broken up in order to fit Wellwood in.
Head coach Peter Laviolette has used Talbot on the second line this year and may find it easier to plug the gritty forward into van Riemsdyk’s spot and move Wellwood onto the fourth line.
Of course, the coach has shown in the past that he has no issue with juggling his lines and may do the same given the situation.
The team also has the option of playing Jody Shelley if they so desire. Shelley has been a healthy scratch in 10 of the team's last 12 games.
Ultimately, the team recalled Wellwood with the intention of having him play.
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