29-Year-Old Right Wing – Philadelphia Flyers
Lukas Kaspar Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with the Flyers in July of 2009.
Kaspar signed a one-year deal with the Flyers on Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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The former first-round pick hasn't played in the NHL since the 2008-09 season, and seems comfortable posting 20-30 points, albeit in the Russian league.
Kaspar played 16 games with the San Jose Sharks between 2007 and 2009, but since then he has remained in the AHL and now plays in the KHL. The winger had decent production in the 2010-11 season with 42 points in 51 contests in Russia, but is unlikely to play in Philly this season.
Kaspar left the Flyers' AHL affiliate after just eight games last season to play in the KHL. He's not likely a major part of their plans.
At 6'2 and 220-pounds, Kaspar has the size and skillset necessary to compete at the NHL level. First, he must continue to prove his worth in the AHL. Consistency usually arrives with experience so another year in the minors should be enough for Kaspar to reach the big stage.
Kaspar is a former first round pick of the San Jose Sharks. He was supposed to come in as a sniper and a mid-30 goal scorer. Last season he registered 40 points (12 goals and 28 assists) in 78 games with the Worcester Sharks. He will probably start the year off with Worchester, and may get a few chances with the big club. Kasparís fantasy value will be minimal this year, though it will be a telling year for what kind of player he will be in the future. A similar year in the AHL may make him a career tweener.
Kaspar is a highly touted prospect but still needs a year or two of work in the minors before hitting the big time.
Big, versatile forward just turned 20 in September 2005, so let's be patient here. A future top six forward for the Sharks, in all likelihood, but he didn't make the team out of training camp.