Mikhail Vorobyev

Flyers recall Mikhail Vorobyev, send Dale Weise to Phantoms

Flyers recall Mikhail Vorobyev, send Dale Weise to Phantoms

Updated: 2:02 p.m.

Mikhail Vorobyev's second chance is here.

This time, with a new general manager and head coach.

Along with Carter Hart, Vorobyev was recalled Sunday afternoon from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. To make room on the roster, the Flyers sent Dale Weise to the Phantoms.

The Flyers, fresh off the bye week and All-Star break, practiced Sunday at 2 p.m.

The 22-year-old Vorobyev came on strong with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, scoring eight points (two goals, six assists) over his last six games. Overall, he put up 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 32 contests for the Phantoms since being sent down Oct. 28.

After standing out in the preseason and winning the Flyers' third-line center job, Vorobyev slipped into the doghouse of former head coach Dave Hakstol.

The Flyers wanted to see more effort from Vorobyev without the puck through all three zones. A skilled and adept passer, Vorobyev played in the Flyers' first six games of the season before becoming a healthy scratch for the next four. He then returned to the lineup Oct. 27 but did not impress, playing just 8:01.

The next day, former GM Ron Hextall sent Vorobyev to the Phantoms.

"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made," Hakstol said of Vorobyev following the 6-1 loss to the Islanders Oct. 27. "Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."

Vorobyev is now back with Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, whom he played for last season in Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers have not been able to trade Weise, who they placed on waivers Jan. 15. The 30-year-old forward had not been with the team since clearing waivers the next day, as Weise was asked to stay home and wait for a trade to materialize, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk (see story).

Weise, signed by Hextall in July 2016, is in the third year of a four-year, $9.4 million contract.

Slowly but surely, general manager Chuck Fletcher is starting to put his imprint on the roster. Jordan Weal, who was also a Hextall guy, became Fletcher's first trade, followed by Taylor Leier.

Vorobyev has a chance to impress a new regime as he'll likely play on the third or fourth line, replacing Jori Lehtera in the lineup.

The Flyers have won four of their last five games and are back in action Monday when they host the Jets (7 p.m./NBCSP).

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Flyers send Mikhail Vorobyev to Phantoms, call up Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Tyrell Goulbourne

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Flyers send Mikhail Vorobyev to Phantoms, call up Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Tyrell Goulbourne

One day after another lifeless loss, the Flyers have slightly shaken things up.

The Flyers on Sunday afternoon sent center Mikhail Vorobyev to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and recalled wingers Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Tyrell Goulbourne. Corban Knight was also placed on injured reserve.

Vorobyev's demotion should come as no surprise. He made the Flyers out of training camp but didn't do enough to stick around. He performed well in his first two games but then sat as a healthy scratch for four games. Saturday was his first game back in the lineup and he played just seven shifts. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol clearly didn't trust him (see story).

"We're down in a game and I'm looking for guys that are going to go out and try to help us get back into it and I wasn't confident that he was going to be able to do that," Hakstol said. "He's a young guy that has been out of the lineup.

"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made. Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."

Aube-Kubel and Goulbourne will join the Flyers on their upcoming four-game road trip. Aube-Kubel's skill will be a welcomed addition to the Flyers' bottom six. The 2014 second-round pick has three goals and seven points in eight games this season with the Phantoms.

Goulbourne, 24, had a nine-game stint with the Flyers last season. It's clear why general manager Ron Hextall opted to bring him up — to bring energy. This Flyers team has played with no heart and Goulbourne will certainly help in that area.

Knight left the Flyers' 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday in the first period with an upper-body injury. While the Flyers do not reveal injury information, Knight took a Ryan Pulock slap shot to his right hand in the first period.

Knight missed the beginning of the season because of an upper-body injury after making the roster in training camp and then played in three games before suffering his latest injury.

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A similar message sent to Flyers' Mikhail Vorobyev can't be good sign

A similar message sent to Flyers' Mikhail Vorobyev can't be good sign

Mikhail Vorobyev's return was short-lived.

In one way and possibly another way.

Firstly, the 21-year-old rookie center played just 8:01 in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Islanders, even after the Flyers lost forward Corban Knight (upper-body injury) during the opening period. Vorobyev saw nearly an identical ice time (8:04) on Oct. 16, the contest before he was benched for four straight games.

Not only did Vorobyev play so little, but one has to also question when his next minutes will come with the Flyers.

Head coach Dave Hakstol did not sound pleased with Vorobyev when asked postgame about his lack of ice time.

Here's what he said:

We're down in a game and I'm looking for guys that are going to go out and try to help us get back into it and I wasn't confident that he was going to be able to do that. That's nothing against … he's a young guy that has been out of the lineup. It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made. Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected.

Vorobyev was originally sitting because the Flyers wanted to see him show more of what exactly Hakstol felt was missing Saturday — the energy and effort through all three zones and without the puck.

No one is questioning Vorobyev's ability with the puck.

Clearly, Hakstol didn't see what the Flyers were hoping for when they decided to reinsert him into the lineup Saturday.

Does he stay in? His saving grace may be Knight's injury. If the 28-year-old veteran has to miss any time, the Flyers won't have an extra forward.

But at this point, the Flyers may want to go in another direction. Sitting young players does not jive with the organization's development plan. When Travis Sanheim became a healthy scratch last season, he was eventually sent to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, where he could play — and play his way back to the Flyers. 

With their 4-7-0 record and three straight losses, the Flyers could seek fresh blood and give Vorobyev some more prove-it time in Lehigh Valley.

This is certain: Hakstol had to make his message again and that's not a good sign.

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