The stretch run of this season which may end without a postseason promise, means certain guys will get an unexpected shot at The Show.
With injuries to the Flyers defensive corps, that process is sped up a bit, as the club announced on Tuesday afternoon that they recalled defensemen Brandon Manning and Matt Konan from the Adirondack Phantoms.
Konan was signed to an entry-level contract last April after spending five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League in Canadian juniors.
Manning, meanwhile, will get his second recall with the Flyers and first this season. He totaled six goals and 15 assists in 65 games with the Phantoms this season, his second with the club.
The 22-year-old appeared in four games with the Orange and Black last season, but did not record a point.
Konan has been assigned #34, while Manning will wear #32. Both are available to play in tonight’s Flyers-Rangers game at the Wells Fargo Center. If Konan manages to take a shift, it will be his NHL debut.
The recalls are a direct result of defenseman Kent Huskins leaving last night’s Flyers-Canadiens game after suffering a concussion when blindsided by a Ryan White elbow.
White, for his efforts, was ejected from the game and faces an in-person disciplinary hearing in New York City.