MONDAY QUICK HITS
Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the Flyers second-round pick in the 2014 Draft, is off to a roaring start in the QMJHL preseason. One night after notching a hat trick in the Val-d’Or exhibition opener, Aube-Kubel scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist in his club’s 5-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand. He has five goals and one assist in two games.
* Fifth-round 2014 draftee Oskar Lindblom will participate in the upcoming Four Nations U20 mini-tournament in Sweden. The tournament, which will be held in Jönköping from Aug. 29-31, features a round-robin competition between Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Russia. Rikard Grönborg will coach the Swedish team.
* First-round 2014 selection Travis Sanheim and the Calgary Hitmen open their WHL preseason on Friday. The Hitmen will be on the road to take on the Regina Pats.
* First-round 2014 draftee Sam Morin is back in action for Rimouski on Friday. The Oceanic will host Acadie-Bathurst. Morin had two goals, an assist and was plus one in Rimouski’s 8-4 loss to Baie-Comeau on Saturday.
* Alumni birthdays: Former Flyers forward and current Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett turns 53 today. Tippett, a checking center during his playing days, spent the 1993-94 season with the Flyers after signing a one-year, $250,000 contract as a free agent on Aug. 30, 1993.
Tippett dressed in 73 games (missing 11 midseason games due to a broken bone in his left ankle), posting four goals (two were shorthanded goals) and 15 points. After the season, Tippett was unable to catch on with another NHL team, bringing his 721-game NHL playing career to a close. He retired as an active player after spending the 1994-95 season in the IHL and then embarked on a successful coaching career.
Former Flyers forward Greg Paslawski turns 53 today. After the Flyers made the blockbuster trade for Eric Lindros in the summer of 1992, the club was in need of forward depth beyond Lindros, Mark Recchi, Rod Brind’Amour and Kevin Dineen. The team signed Paslawski, a five-time 20-goal scorer in the NHL, as a free agent on Aug. 25, 1992 (his 30th birthday). Later, the club acquired Brent Fedyk via trade.
During his brief stint with the Flyers, Paslawski scored 14 goals and 33 points in 60 games. Before head coach Bill Dineen put together the Crazy Eights line of Lindros, Recchi and Fedyk, Paslawski was the third member of Philadelphia’s top line. Most notably, Paslawski scored a hat trick in a wild 7-6 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 24, 1992. Lindros assisted on all three goals, while Recchi assisted on Paslawski’s second and third tallies.
Before long, however, Paslawski was moved down in the lineup. On Dec. 5, 1992, Paslawski suffered a sprained knee in a 3-2 loss to the lowly Ottawa Senators. He was ineffective in his return to the lineup, going pointless in five of his next seven games. Paslawski was a healthy scratch for four straight games in early February amidst a two-week long slump.
Upon his return to the lineup, Paslawski scored goals in two of his next four games. He then hit the skids — although the team had started winning with some regularity — and ended up spending another four-game stint as a scratch. Finally, on March 18, the Flyers accepted a ninth-round 1993 pick (University of Wisconsin center E.J. Bradley) from the Calgary Flames and traded Paslawski.
Paslawski played well for the Flames down the stretch, posting four goals and nine points in 13 games. He scored three goals in Calgary’s six-game loss to Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.
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