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The big Flyers prospect was injured and helped off the ice

The big Flyers prospect was injured and helped off the ice

Defenseman Cam York, one of the Philadelphia Flyers’ top prospects, was injured during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Hershey.

York, 21, played 30 games with the Flyers last season but was sent to the Phantoms during training camp this year. The Southern California native was injured in a collision with Hershey’s Mason Morelli, according to Phantoms broadcaster Bob Rotruck, barely able to put any weight on his leg as he came down the tunnel, Rotruck said.

There was no immediate update available on his condition, Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said.

In seven games with the Phantoms (2-4-1) this season, York has four points (1-3) and a minus-2 rating.

Jackson Cates scored the Phantoms’ goal in the loss.

York, who had 10 points in 30 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, was expected to start the year with Philadelphia’s third pairing. But he didn’t impress new coach John Tortorella during camp, and he was sent down to get more seasoning and bulk up a bit.

At the time York was demoted, Tortorella said the young defenseman had more to offer than he had shown.

“That’s not a bad thing,” he said. “… This is the right thing for Yorky.”

You can read the column I wrote at that time about the situation.

In Sunday’s game, York was along with Louis Belpedio at the top. York was a first-round pick (14th overall) in 2019.

At some point this year, York was expected to replace him Nick Seeler in the third pairing of the Flyers. This could still happen.

Seeler, 29, a physical defenseman, has played well this season, helping the Flyers are off to an amazing 5-2-1 start.

In seven games, Seeler has two points (1-1) and a minus-1 rating, and has played with an advantage.

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Cates scored on a rebound off Olle Lycksell’s shot. … Former Phantoms center Mike Vecchione had three points for Hershey. … Goaltender Samuel Ersson fell to 0-3-1 for Lehigh Valley.

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