The Philadelphia Flyers have once again been hit by the injury bug this off-season. Andrew MacDonald, a veteran defenseman for the team, went down with a lower-body injury in an off-ice workout on Sunday. MacDonald will miss around six weeks. This would put him about two weeks into the season.
Andrew MacDonald Injured In Off-Ice Workout
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 9, 2018
MacDonald was a middle-of-the-pack defenseman last season. He scored 21 points in 66 games, including six goals. He also got the honor of wearing the ‘A’ as one of the team’s assistant captains. This was voted on by his fellow teammates.
MacDonald has been with the Flyers since the 2013-14 season. He was a trade-deadline deal to the Flyers that year. In exchange, the New York Islanders, his former team, received two draft picks and a minor-league player. Since that deal, MacDonald has played 244 games for the Flyers and scored 63 points.
The absence of MacDonald could be great news for the team’s rookie defensemen. Rumor has it that Phillipe Myers will see some NHL playing time in his spot. Myers was undrafted and signed by the Flyers in 2015. He has since become a big name in Philadelphia after scoring 21 points in 50 games in his rookie AHL season last year.
Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg are also expected to get a bit more ice time in MacDonald’s absence, according to Broad Street Hockey. Both saw NHL playing time last year, scoring 10 and nine points respectfully.
The Flyers lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in their last five seasons last year. They were trumped in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins, in six games. The Penguins went on to lose to the second round in six games to the future Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals. This upcoming season will be the fourth for 50-year-old Dave Hakstol. He has set a winning record of 122-86-38 in Philadelphia.
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