Chris VandeVelde may have defied the odds and secured a spot for himself on the Philadelphia Flyers roster.
"No one knew much about him," writes Tim Panaccio, Flyers insider for CSNPhilly.com. "No one gave him much of a chance. No one thought he’d last this long, either." But, Panaccio continues, "unless another bomb drops from the Flyers' front office, the 26-year-old has won the vacant spot at left wing over Austrian Michael Raffl and Phantom/Flyer Tye McGinn." General manager Paul Holmgren said VandeVelde’s one advantage over Raffl, who has played his entire career in Europe, was North American experience -- 38 games in the NHL with Edmonton; 194 in the AHL. Flyers assistant GM Ron Hextall discovered VandeVelde, who played college hockey with Hextall’s son, Brett, at North Dakota. For fantasy purposes, leave VandeVelde alone. At least, for now. He might ended up surprising everyone again, but he'll be relegated to fourth-line status at the outset.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 12:01:00 PM