Making an impact
Can't wait to see those two on the Flyers when the NHL gets started back up
There is an article in our local paper (www.therecord.com, but you need a password) - here is part of the article:
Richards finds his comfort zone
Michael Richards is feeling right at home in the minor pros.
"It took me about a week to adjust," said the former Kitchener Rangers captain yesterday from Philadelphia, where he and the Philly Phantoms open the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference final at home to the Providence Bruins tonight.
"I'm starting to get comfortable."
Yeah, you could say that.
Since signing an amateur tryout on May 3, a few days after the Rangers' Ontario Hockey League season ended with a third-round loss to the London Knights, the 20-year-old centre from Kenora has shone for the Phantoms.
In five AHL playoff games, the unsigned Philadelphia Flyers NHL draft pick has three goals and four assists on his first foray into the pros.
He has a game winner, which came on a power-play in his first pro game.
And, true to his form, Richards has a pair of short-handed goals. For Kitchener these past OHL playoffs, Richards had four short-handed goals.
"Lucky bounces," said Richards of his short-handed scoring prowess during Philly's five-game East Division triumph over Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton.
"We play the same type of style here as in Kitchener. It's pretty aggressive."
Meanwhile, Richards hopes to continue his strong play against Providence. He's obviously a quick learner.
After his embarrassing across-the-middle giveaway led to a Scranton goal in Game 3 of that series, Richards atoned with early short-handed goals in the next two games.
"I got 'er back the next night," said Richards, who's been on a line with Boyd Kane and Jon Sim. "It wasn't something I wanted on my shoulders."
But Richards isn't living the pro high life just yet. He said his tryout earns him a per diem of $55 to cover expenses. That's it. But he also gets a chance to impress the Flyers and an opportunity to continue his season after a disappointing finish in Kitchener.
"This is my second time in the conference finals this year," Richards said. "Hopefully, this one will turn out a little better than the last one."
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