4th year center Chris VandeVelde(26) was an invite to Philadelphia Flyers‘ training camp and one of the last cuts reassigned to their minor league affiliate Adirondack Phantoms to start the 2013/2014 season.
The 6’1″ 201 lbs. forward signed an AHL contract in mid-September, but was given every chance to up his status and make the parent club’s opening night roster.
Originally an Edmonton Oilers‘ 4th round pick in the 2005 draft (#97 overall) he has played in 28 NHL through his first three seasons scoring one goal and a pair of assists.
His entry level deal was for two years and added a one-year extension before being left unqualified as an unrestricted free agent going into the current campaign.
The 26-year currently leads the Phantoms in goals scored with 7 and is second on the team in points at 13 in 23 games.
He’s on pace to set career highs in all categories potentially approaching a 20/20 season and maybe scoring that elusive big club contract.