June 09, 2017
By: Steve Degler
The third season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey certainly ended in disappointing fashion with a Game Five home loss to the Hershey Bears in a Calder Cup playoffs first round series. After taking many weeks to digest the past season, the tough ending for the team should not overshadow what they accomplished last season. Instead, it should be a beacon for the futures of the Phantoms and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2017-18 hockey season should be a fun one if you root for the orange and black. The Flyers hold the second overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft. They are going to get a top-notch guy who can step into the line-up in Philly immediately and be a contributor. Oskar Lindblom has signed his NHL contract after a successful couple of years in his native Sweden. He should also be in Philadelphia. But if not, he will give the Phantoms a tremendous boost.
Phantoms fans know that Colin McDonald, T.J. Brennan, Greg Carey and Will O’Neill are among the veterans expected back at PPL Center for season four. Several of the talented and young defensemen in the Flyers pipeline should be suiting up for Head Coach Scott Gordon. Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall has stuck to his plan of trying to build with youth. He has signed some very good young players and he has stockpiled draft picks. If the plan continues to take shape, Flyers fans will soon begin to see results. And that means Phantoms fans can also expect to have the same success in Allentown as well.