The Philadelphia Flyers will be without newcomer Tyler Pitlick in training camp after he underwent wrist surgery last week. Pitlick will start rehab next month and is expected to be out four weeks. The injury was suffered during offseason training, but to the same wrist that Pitlick had surgery on just six months ago.
Philadelphia acquired Pitlick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the rights to Ryan Hartman earlier this offseason—who ended up going unqualified and eventually signed with the Minnesota Wild—and was expected to compete for playing time in the bottom-six this season. The 27-year old is on the final season of a three-year contract that carries a $1MM salary but played just 47 games for the Stars last season and scored 12 points. With several young Flyers prospects ready to fight for roster spots there was never a guarantee that Pitlick would get a full-time role, and missing training camp with his second wrist surgery only complicates things.
A four-week timeline would have Pitlick back in time for the regular season, but without a training camp he may have difficulty ramping up to game speed in time to be on the opening night roster. He’ll have to work hard in his rehab and compete in whatever chance he gets with the team to show he can make a positive impact on the NHL roster. The team could likely send him to the AHL for a conditioning stint at the beginning of the season, which would also give them a chance to try out some of the young players like Morgan Frost or German Rubtsov.