John Boruk goes one-on-one with Scott Hartnell
Samuel Morin was picked at No. 11 overall by the Flyers in the 2013 NHL draft. (USA Today Images)
Players assigned by Flyers
Adirondack Training Camp (AHL)
Loaned to junior clubs
Tyrell Goulbourne – Kelowna (WHL)
Taylor Leier – Portland (WHL)
Samuel Morin – Rimouski (QMJHL)
Released from tryout
Updated 5:35 p.m.
There were a couple surprises Wednesday afternoon as the Flyers trimmed their roster by assigning 28 players while retaining 32 for their Lake Placid portion of training camp which begins on Thursday.
As expected, Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin was sent back to his junior club, Rimouski, on Wednesday morning.
Morin confirmed it on his Twitter account.
Among the surprises, however, was Jason Akeson and Tye McGinn going to the Phantoms right now. That actually clears an easier path for both Micheal Raffl and Scott Laughton to make the Flyers' roster.
McGinn played well and already has NHL experience with the Flyers from last season. That he didn’t make it all the way through camp is a bit of a shock.
Akeson had played very well and was vying for a spot at left wing on the roster. Also sent to the Phantoms, among the forward group, was Petr Straka, Nick Cousins and Marcel Noebels.
Defensively, Brandon Manning went down as the Flyers still have a log jam in camp with 12 defensemen competing in camp.
Overall, the Flyers now have 17 forwards and three goalies remaining in camp.
As for Morin, the 18-year-old defenseman was nothing short of impressive in training camp and has served notice that he is likely a year or two away from joining the Flyers full-time.
Unusual though it may be, the Flyers were stacked on defense in camp with nine players on one-way contracts plus Hal Gill on a tryout. Gill will go to Lake Placid when training camp continues on Thursday.
The 6-foot-6, 211-pound Morin was the Flyers' first-round pick this past summer at No. 11 overall in the NHL draft.
General manager Paul Holmgren all but said Morin was going home to more seasoning on Tuesday night.
“It’s a stretch just because of the numbers we have here,” Holmgren said . “We’re just going to take it a day at a time and see how it goes.”
Morin signed a three-year, entry-level contract worth $4.275 million on Tuesday.