NEWARK, NJ — Joel Farabee is going back to basics. Because 30 he found that his “night usually ends pretty quickly” when he starts flipping pucks in the game.
The young winger is an important part of the Flyers, but he has been inconsistent throughout the season and coach John Tortorella said he expects the 22-year-old to find a solution within himself.
Farabee is in his 200th NHL game, but has less contribution than some players with less than 100 NHL games. Tortorella’s opinion of Faraby’s game is reflected in his usage. When he started the season he was playing 18-20 minutes every night, now he’s playing 11-15 minutes. He also spent time on the 4th row.
Tortorella knows Farabee has potential for good. Faraby has been the most consistently confident, with him scoring 38 points in 55 games (in his regular 82-game season he has scored 56). Between injuries last season, he flashed that star potential. There were hints of that in Tortorella this season as well.
“I’ve seen in some shifts that he’s been a really good player,” said Tortorella.
But Faraby, a first-round draft pick on a six-year, $30 million contract, needs to do more than that sometimes. He needs to be someone the Flyers can count on every night.
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His coach, Tortorella, says he doesn’t have an answer as to why Faraby is so inconsistent, and doesn’t expect to get an answer from him.
“I’m not spending my waking hours helping Joel Farabee,” Tortorella said. “Joel Farabee has to help himself.”
Faraby has just 5 goals and 10 assists this season after 11 goals and 6 assists last season. Normally he puts a lot of pressure on himself to produce, but now is not the time to “chasing the attack,” he said. I am trying to stick.
“It’s better to play on the blue line, try to stay high in the zone and play at the net,” Faraby said. “For me, I think I need something greasy to get off this little skid and get out of there.”
The Flyers announced Thursday that defenseman Tony DeAngelo has been placed on off-roster status due to personal reasons. Cam York is still in the top four.
However, D’Angelo’s absence has not led to York’s spot in the lineup. .
“The way he plays, as far as I’m concerned, he’s here,” Tortorella said. “That could change in a week. …But for now, I love what he’s done here in the National Hockey League.”
DeAngelo, on the other hand, was already set to be a healthy scratch ahead of the game against Arizona. Tortorella caught up with him on the phone, but they discussed the situation rather than when DeAngelo would be back.
Carter Hart returned with a goal against the Flyers at 7pm Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. Tortorella said backup Felix Sandstrom had performed “good” in the previous game. …Zach McEwen, who was injured in Sunday’s game against the Coyotes, skated on his third row in the morning’s skate, but Tortorella said he was “a game-time decision.” … The Flyers recalled forward Ole his Lixell from Lehi his Valley his Phantom.