There is a lot of help looming for the Philadelphia Flyers. Per Anthony SanFilippo, Flyers writer for Crossing Broad, Wade Allison is set to return to this weekend’s action game in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Once he’s fully healthy, Flyers Allison will likely remember him after playing a few games with the Phantoms. He’s a much-needed, brave talent that Flyers have been looking for all season.
This is big news for Allison and the Flyers as he has been dealing with an elbow injury since the beginning of December that would have kept him out for an undisclosed period of time. The extent of the injury was unknown at the time, but things must not have been quite as serious as he was preparing to come back. He’s only played three games this season due to injury, so this will be a great opportunity to focus on it Make an impact and keep things going.
Allison’s Effect with Pilots
Since being drafted by the Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft, Allison has immediately made a lasting positive impact on the organization. He quickly became a favorite with team management and fans across the board.
“He’s an amazing kid, enthusiastic, very stylish and loves the game,” said Mike O’Connell, Flyers senior advisor to general manager/player development. “Immediately off the bat, I watched him his first two runs, it was his shot that really impressed me. He got an incredible shooting, an NHL shot….I think he got a really good chance to be a standout player in the National Hockey League. Use that shot, Get him out in the open, get him to understand where he’s on the ice, and where he’s going to score. He looks like a top scorer to me, and I’m excited about his future.”
Having already played 14 National Hockey League games with the Flyers last season, Allison put up seven points (four goals, three assists) including a two-goal game, one of which was the game-winning goal, against the Washington Capitals late in the season. While his time in the NHL wasn’t long, we hope this is just the beginning of a long and successful career with the Flyers.
“It was huge to get just a sample of the speed and body,” Allison said. “Just a guide, kind of a water test and stuff. It’s good. I feel confident in my ability and I think I hope I can push the team this year.”
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He’s the kind of player who can turn things around for the Flyers this season. Between his talent and energy, he provides a positive spark to the squad no matter who he plays with. It’s more than capable of playing the top streak minutes, but it’s also versatile enough to fill in the bottom six strikers and take those streaks to a new level.
Push hard challenges
Alisson’s career has been nothing short of challenging so far, but he continues to take advantage of every opportunity available to him. In dealing with injury after injury, he’s put more on ice than he’s spent on him. The drive he found in himself to keep coming back every time is what sets him apart from the competition.
“You go to work and you blow up and you have to take care of that before you have to perform, it’s an extra burden,” O’Connell said. “A young player trying to prove himself in the best league in the world makes it even more difficult. Being refreshed, getting him in the right mental state physically, will only boost his mental health and self-confidence and deal with all the little setbacks that will happen when you play in the best league in the world Or try to play in the best league in the world.”
Allison will be looking to return to the full swing of things this weekend with the Phantoms and hopefully remain healthy for the foreseeable future. His talents and energy are sorely needed in the struggling Flyers lineup.
Bobby Bader Jr. is a freelance journalist born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who has been covering the Philadelphia Flyers for Hockey Books since the start of the 2020-21 National Hockey League season. He currently works with the Hershey Cubs Hockey Club (USPHL Premier) as the team’s media coordinator as the team competes in the inaugural season. He also serves as the assistant director of sports information for Pennsylvania Harrisburg. For interview requests or to submit content information, follow Bobby on Twitter or his social media accounts. They appear under his picture in articles like this one.