Bobby Clarke had a superb rookie season with the Flyers. So did Bill Barber, Brian Propp, Eric Lindros and Ron Hextall, among others.
Yet, none of them won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
Fact is, the Flyers have never had a rookie-of-the-year winner.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky could change that.
On Thursday, the man they call “Bob” was named the league’s rookie of the month. In November, he went 7-1-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk won the award last November.
Overall, Bobrovsky is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (12), sixth in GAA (2.18) and sixth in save percentage (.926).
Bobrovsky, 22, keyed the Flyers’ 9-0-1 run from Oct. 26 through Nov. 15.
Winger Dan Carcillo has been cleared for contact and might be ready to play next week. The question is, who comes out of the lineup?
Jody Shelley is a candidate, but the Flyers like having a heavyweight enforcer.
The Flyers, their power play in disarray, will try to end a three-game losing streak when they host New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.
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