2 Surprising Cuts Flyers Made In Training Camp

The Philadelphia Flyers are once again dealing with a number of injuries to key players. This time the injuries are suffered before the season so they have the opportunity to work some things out in training camp. Given there are a couple of roles up for grabs, it is very surprising that the team cut these two players.

Cam York

Not only was it very surprising that Cam York was cut, it's even more so that he wasn't cut among the last group of players. He played well for it being his first season in the NHL in 2021-22 and even earned top power-play time. He scored three goals and 10 points in 30 games as a rookie defenceman and outperformed a number of the Flyers' regulars.

He was expected to be the fifth defenceman with a shot at earning top-four minutes this season. Given Ryan Ellis is on the LTIR, York's chances improved at not only making the team, but earning more important time. Instead, he was cut before Kevin Connauton and the Flyers elected to keep Justin Braun, Nick Seeler, and Ronnie Attard in the NHL. York is the future on defence, so it is surprising that he got a long trial last season, impressed, and now doesn't get to start 2022-23 on the Flyers.

Zack MacEwen

Zack MacEwen is the type of player that would have meshed very well with John Tortorella. Even though it wasn't a great decision to sign Nic Deslauriers because MacEwen was on the team, the Flyers did so anyway.

MacEwen played the full season in the Flyers' lineup last season, recording nine points, 110 penalty minutes, and 159 hits. He did his job, but seeing as Tortorella likes the players who can be physical and bring the fight to the opponents every night, he should have been able to at least crack the top-14 forwards.

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