Mikhail Vorobyev's second chance is here.
This time, with a new general manager and head coach.
Vorobyev was told to be in Philadelphia Sunday and his official call-up will assumedly come this afternoon, his agent Dan Milstein confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The Flyers, fresh off the bye week and All-Star break, practice Sunday at 2 p.m.
The 22-year-old Vorobyev came on strong with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, scoring eight points (two goals, six assists) over his last six games. Overall, he put up 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 32 contests for the Phantoms since being sent down Oct. 28.
After standing out in the preseason and winning the Flyers' third-line center job, Vorobyev slipped into the doghouse of former head coach Dave Hakstol.
The Flyers wanted to see more effort from Vorobyev without the puck through all three zones. A skilled and adept passer, Vorobyev played in the Flyers' first six games of the season before becoming a healthy scratch for the next four. He then returned to the lineup Oct. 27 but did not impress, playing just 8:01.
The next day, former GM Ron Hextall sent Vorobyev to the Phantoms.
"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made," Hakstol said of Vorobyev following the 6-1 loss to the Islanders Oct. 27. "Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."
Vorobyev is now back with Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, whom he played for last season in Lehigh Valley.
With Carter Hart expected to be back with the Flyers, the club's roster will be at 23, making a move needed to open up a spot for Vorobyev.
It could come at goalie provided the Flyers will have three in Hart, Anthony Stolarz and Mike McKenna. Another possibility is a forward will be sent down or general manager Chuck Fletcher may have a trade in the works.
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