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What to expect from Flyers’ rookie Joel Farabee

With Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski flatlining after fantastic camps coupled with an 0-3-1 slide in their last four games, the Flyers brass is looking to shake things up going into their Monday night tilt with the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Bunnaman and Twarynski were loaned to the Phantoms clearing space for two players to come back to the NHL team. Mikhail Vorobyev, a 2018 camp darling, will get another crack at the big leagues and rookie Joel Farabee will make his debut against the Golden Knights.

Taking the 3 game winless skid into consideration, head coach Alain Vigneault is shaking the lines up trying to find a spark. The lines for Monday night’s game are as follows:

van Riemsdyk – Giroux – Voracek

Lindblom – Couturier – Konecny

Laughton – Hayes – Farabee

Raffl – Vorobyev – Stewart

According to the Athletic’s Charlie O’Connor, Farabee will also get a look on the first power play unit.


With this knowledge here is what I’m taking away from Farabee’s call up:

  1. First things first, dude earned the call up with his performance at the AHL level, totaling 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 games with the Phantoms.
  2. It looks like AV is going to give Farabee ample opportunities to succeed; he will be paired with a solid two-way forward in Laughton and Hayes who is know to play a 200-foot game. Add in the chances he’ll get on the first power play unit he should be able to show his offensive prowess early and often.
  3. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but this is only his fifth professional hockey game. He has one year of college experience under his belt. Don’t expect him to look like Connor McDavid in his first bit of NHL action, that wouldn’t be fair to Farabee. He has skills, he flashed in training camp and has had a really good start to his professional career. I’m not sure how long his leash will be (it was only 6 games for Twarynski who wasn’t playing bad) but it might take some time for him to acclimate to the NHL game.
  4. All of that said, I’m excited to see the kid play. Check out this interview via @NHLFlyers on twitter.


Let’s hope the new kid can bring some juice to the ice against the Golden Knights.

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