Tyrell Goulbourne expected to make NHL debut Saturday against Blues

Updated: January 13, 2018 at 3:57 am by Brady Trettenero

23-year-old winger Tyrell Goulbourne is expected to make his NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers when they clash with the St.Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.

Goulbourne was recalled by the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, but didn’t play Thursday against the Islanders due to travel issues.

Goulbourne’s flight was reportedly cancelled because of a malfunctioning bathroom that included a frozen toilet. According to NBC Philadelphia, Goulbourne was on a bus to Toronto for a game with the Phantoms when the call-up came. He apparently missed four flights, but was able to eventually join the Flyers for practice on Friday morning.

Goulbourne is expected to make his NHL debut on Saturday when the Flyers host the Blues as part of their four-game homestand.

Goulbourne was a third-round draft pick by the Flyers in 2013 and has compiled 14 goals, 29 points and 137 PIM in 131 career AHL games.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward plays a key role on the Phantoms’ penalty kill and is most known for his willingness to drop the gloves.

Look for Goulbourne to provide a spark and inject some energy in a bottom-six role. The Flyers are searching for some consistency and Goulbourne brings a physical presence every night he’s in action.

The puck drop between the Flyers and Blues is at 1:00.

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