It's an exciting time of the year to be a hockey fan, training camp is in full swing and most organizations in the National Hockey League are making their final preparations as the NHL's preseason draws near. Unfortunately for some of the players involved in the those training camps this is also the time of year that many of them will get the bad news that their NHL dream is over, at least for one more year.
The Philadelphia Flyers are no exception to this rule and on Monday the Flyers' announced that four members of their training camp had been notified that they simply didn't have the stuff required to crack the NHL roster. As as result all 4 young men were sent back from which they came, although all 4 are young enough that this is likely not the end for any of them.
The news was officially confirmed by general manager Ron Hextall who addressed reporters on Monday, Hextall confirmed that the following four players would not be participating in the preseason with the Flyers:
First up is 19 year old Matthew Strome, one of the Flyers 4th round draft selections (106th overall) in the 2017 National Hockey League NHL Entry Draft. Strome is a young winger that has spent the last 3 seasons playing in the Ontario Hockey League as a member of thew Hamilton Bulldogs and according to Hextall that is where he will return until further notice.
Up next on the list was Maksim Sushko, a player who was selected right after the aforementioned Strome. Sushko was selected 107th overall in the very same draft as Strome and like Strome is also a 19 year old forward that is currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League. Sushko has spent the past two seasons playing as a member of the Owen Sound Attack and that is where he will return according to the Flyers general manager.
Also cut from the training camp roster was 18 year old defenseman Wyatte Wylie. Wylie was the Flyers' fifth round selection in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry draft when he was selected 127th overall by the organization. Wylie has spent the past three seasons as a member of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League and like the two aforementioned players he will be returning to his current team.
Last but not least was one of the amateur players that the Flyers tried out during training camp, goaltender Liam Hughes. Hughes has been fairly average during his time spent in the Western Hockey League and I seriously have to wonder how much of a factor the Flyers current goaltending situation was on him getting a shot in training camp in the first place. The 19 year old goaltender went undrafted during his draft year and has only appeared in a total of 43 games in the Western Hockey League prior to joining the Flyers organization for camp this summer.
The Flyers still have plenty of cuts to make though so these will not be the last 4 names cut from the training camp roster, the Flyers currently still have 53 players with them in training camp so you can expect some more big cuts in the coming days.
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