WASHINGTON -- With one game left in the preseason, the Flyers’ roster picture has suddenly become a little clearer at forward.
The Flyers assigned winger Michael Raffl to AHL Adirondack on Friday, along with defenseman Oliver Lauridsen. Many expected Raffl to be one of the finalists for the Flyers’ final roster spot at forward.
The Flyers gave him every opportunity to make an impression, but apparently, Raffl didn’t do enough in the preseason to remain in camp over rookie Scott Laughton and newcomer Chris Vande Velde. He did not register a point.
While he did show flashes of impressive play, including solid speed and crafty hands in tight spaces, Raffl seemed to be bumped off the puck quite easily - especially when trying to gain the blue line.
Raffl, 24, was signed by the Flyers as a free agent this summer after an impressive World Championships with Austria. He scored two goals playing on a line with Sabres star Thomas Vanek.