Philadelphia Flyers: Is It Time to Call Up Erik Gustafsson?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IMarch 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 01:  Erik Gustafsson #27 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against Tyler Ennis #63 of the Buffalo Sabres on October 1, 2010 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Flyers have been on a bit of a slide over the last week and now members of the media are questioning the team's focus and mentality heading into a playoff run.

Over the course of the last 10 games, the Flyers have been outscored 35-26 and posted an overall record of 4-6.

Even though these numbers aren't exactly terrible, the amount of goals scored against Philadelphia may be alarming given the fact that this team has controlled the Eastern Conference for the better part of the season.

The Flyers have used a dual-goalie system throughout most of the year as Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher have both become reliable options. However, the players in front of them have not played up to par as of late.

According to Chris Pronger in an article posted on the team's website, "We're at the stage now where it's a test of our character...We're facing some adversity and we've got to show our mettle here and understand it's going to take some hard work to get out of it and get everybody on the same page."

The help that the Flyers may need to get back on track could very well be waiting for them with the Adirondack Phantoms. Erik Gustafsson has been a key member for the Phantoms this season and is actually second on the team with 36 points (five G, 31 A).

Gustafsson appeared in one game for the Flyers earlier this season. On Feb. 26 against Ottawa, Gustafsson played 22 shifts and tallied four penalty minutes with one shot on goal. Even though it was not a very strong showing, his ability as a playmaker on both sides of the ice can be seen with his stats in the minors.

The Flyers have two games at home this week against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday and the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday. The team will also head to Toronto on Wednesday to face the Maple Leafs.