While the Flyers' 2018-19 season will come to an end Saturday, the NHL career of Mark Friedman will just begin.
The 2014 third-round draft pick is expected to make his NHL debut at the Wells Fargo Center against the Hurricanes (7 p.m./NBCSP) after being called up Friday from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. As a result, Philippe Myers was loaned to the Phantoms.
Friedman, a 23-year-old defenseman, plays a hard and physical game with the ability to draw penalties. He impressed in the preseason and was a plus-4 during the exhibition slate.
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With Lehigh Valley this season, Friedman has five goals and 19 assists in 71 games.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder played three years of college hockey at Bowling Green, where he was a plus-21 in 121 games. Friedman brings some offensive potential but his primary focus is competing in his own end.
As for Myers, sending the 22-year-old down is not a big deal. The Phantoms have five games remaining. Myers was rewarded for his progress with a call-up in February. He now has 21 games of NHL exposure and will be ready to push for a full-time role in 2019-20.
Friedman gets his reward with a taste of the NHL before pushing alongside Myers in training camp.
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