After Dave Hakstol’s, um, questionable decision to sit one of his best forwards for two games, Travis Konecny was eager to get back on the ice. Unfortunately that return to the lineup was brief. Now, the 19 year old be out of the lineup for even longer. Konecny was hit into the boards awkwardly during Monday’s game against St. Louis.
He was seen favoring his left shoulder and left leg after the game. The Flyers announced on Tuesday that the rookie would miss 4-6 weeks. On Friday, they formally placed him on Injured Reserve. It’s been designated as a lower body injury. Konecny has 22 points in 55 games this season.
To fill his spot, the team recalled forward Jordan Weal from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Weal, 24, is an AHL All Star this season with 47 points in 43 games thus far. He was acquired by the Flyers’ organization in the 2016 trade with the L.A. Kings that sent Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavlier to Los Angeles. Weal played four games for Philadelphia in 2016 before being sent down to the AHL.
Looking forward, expect Weal to make his season debut on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. He can play any forward spot though he is naturally a center. Based on Friday’s practice, expect Weal to take Konecny’s spot on the 2nd line LW.