Flyers’ Lycksell set to make NHL debut vs. Canucks

Olle Lycksell

PHILADELPHIA – With right wing Owen Tippett placed on IR Saturday, the Flyers recalled rookie forward Olle Lycksell from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Lycksell, who began training camp in energetic fashion but tailed off near the end, was scheduled to make his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center.

During a pre-game press briefing, coach John Tortorella said Lycksell, 23, was impressive in the early stages of the preseason. He looked particularly effective in a rookie game win over the New York Rangers at the PPL Center in Allentown.

“He was around the net, he was always around the puck,’’ Tortorella said. “I just noticed him but he kind of fell down from there. I just liked his energy.’’

The 5-foot-10, 163-pound Lycksell is a native of Oskarshamn, Sweden. He was selected in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Tortorella said he had no update on the status of Tippett, who suffered an upper-body injury during the Flyers’ 5-2 season-opening win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.


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