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Flyers Assign Raffl, Lauridsen to Adirondack

The Flyers have assigned left winger Michael Raffl and defensemen Oliver Lauridsen to Adirondack, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Raffl, who was signed during last season from Austria, played in four preseason games. The Flyers were said to be high on the 24-year-old, but he went scoreless in his preseason games with a minus-1 rating.

Lauridsen saw plenty of time with the Flyers during last season due to injuries and looked good in most of his games. The big-bodied 24-year-old scored two goals and an assist in those 15 games.

2013 Flyers Preview: Wingers

Back when Flyers centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were dealt to Los Angeles, it was to clear an overabundance at the center position to bring in true, talented wingers.

Those trades hauled in two very important wingers in Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, setting the stage towards finding legitimate, true wingers.

While there may not be a significant amount of transition from last year to this year in terms of wingers, losing veteran returners Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble to free agency opened two spots for the Flyers' youth to earn.

Many of the incumbent wingers will be wearing orange and black for the next several seasons.

(Photo: Flyers RW Jakub Voracek has a lot to smile about heading into this season, including being a top-line winger on a high-scoring team. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Add Austrian Stand-Out Michael Raffl, QMJHL D Maxim Lamarche

UPDATE -- The Flyers have signed both Austrian left winger Michael Raffi as well as 20-year-old QMJHL defenseman Maxin Lamarche.

In a statement on Raffi, who lit up international play for Austria:

“Both (Director of Player Personnel) Dave Brown and myself as well as (European Scout) Ilkka (Sinisalo) saw him at the World Championships and he’s a good player,” said Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor. “You noticed him over there. He’s got skill. He thinks the game. He’s a versatile guy and can do a lot of different things.”

(Photo: D Maxim Lamarche)