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[#] Wed Jun 21 2017 17:09:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Golden Knights take Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from Flyers in NHL Expansion Draft: report

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A best-case scenario.

Perhaps the best-case scenario for the Philadelphia Flyers is happening in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The Vegas Golden Knights have selected forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare as their one pick from Philly, according to Craig Custance of The Athletic.

There’s always the chance that this is part of a deal involving a pick swap with Vegas, as we discussed in rumors earlier. But for now, let’s just assume this is at face value.

First off, it leaves Michal Neuvirth, Michael Raffl, Matt Read and others safe as members of the Flyers. It means the Flyers still have a chance at keeping Jordan Weal in free agency.

Most importantly, it’s addition by subtraction from the Flyers lineup. It removes a player who was drastically overvalued by the coaching staff out of the rotation in Philadelphia. It gives one of the 12 regular forward spots to a player like Scott Laughton or Oskar Lindblom or Mike Vecchione or Nico Hischier/Nolan Patrick or literally anybody but the worst-scoring even strength forward in hockey:

Bellemare was a well-liked teammate who earned his assistant captainship at the end of the season for reasons beyond just his play on the ice, but the Flyers had to lose somebody, and this really is one of the best possible scenarios given the other more valuable players they could have lost.

[#] Wed Jun 21 2017 21:09:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Live updates: The full list of Vegas Golden Knights NHL Expansion Draft selections

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Vegas will pick one player from each NHL team.

LAS VEGAS — Below, find a running list of official selections by the Vegas Golden Knights during the NHL Expansion Draft. The rules are as follows:

  • Vegas will take one player — no more, or no less — from each existing team.
  • They must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
  • 20 of the 30 players must be under contract in 2017-18.
  • The cap hit of all players selected in the Expansion Draft must be somewhere between $43.8 million and $73 million.

Here’s a running list of players as they are announced. Five will be revealed at a time throughout the NHL Awards show here at T-Mobile Arena, home of the Golden Knights.

No picks have been made yet! Keep checking back.

[#] Thu Jun 22 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Thursday Morning Fly By: Bonne chance, au revoir, a bient

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*In what can only be described as THE BEST possible outcome, the Las Vegas Golden Knights saved Dave Hakstol from himself and selected Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the expansion draft. My god this week is amazing. [BSH]

*And here we go, straight from Vegas: the full list of players chosen in the expansion draft. [BSH]

*For a while there it looked like GM George McPhee might take Michal Neuvirth off our hands, but nope. Here are five actually good goalies who were exposed, but shockingly not taken, in past expansion drafts. [The Hockey News]

*Speaking of those past drafts, let's take a look back at the Flyers' expansion draft history. They've done pretty well. [BSH]

*With PEBs gone we need a new alternate captain. How's about Ivan Provorov? [Metro Philly]

*Folks, we have a date for the home opener! Mark your calendars. Prepare your lives. [Flyers]

*The season will open October 4 in San Jose. Full schedule comes out today, woo! [BSH]

*In some Phantoms news, they've resigned one of their key players. [Highland Park Hockey]

*Poor Marian Hossa might be forced to retired for a really bizarre reason. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, what'd you think of the new jerseys? Some people are very much not happy. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

[#] Thu Jun 22 2017 16:24:31 EDT from rss

Subject: 2017-18 Philadelphia Flyers schedule released: Season begins October 4 in San Jose, ends at home April 17

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The 2017-18 scheule is here.

For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Flyers will open their season on the road.

The National Hockey League released the 2017-18 schedule on Thursday afternoon, and as we learned yesterday, the season will begin against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday, October 4.

It will continue the next night, October 5, in Los Angeles against the Kings. The season-opening road trip then move to Anaheim on October 7 and Nashville on October 10 before the Flyers finally come home for the opener against the Washington Capitals on October 14.

Following that opening road trip, the Flyers will stay home for five games in a row over a 10 day span: the Washington home opener, then games against Florida, Nashville, Edmonton and Anaheim.

The season concludes on Saturday, April 7 at home against the New York Rangers.

Here are some more notes:

  • That five-game homestand in October is tied for the longest of the season. There’s another five game homestand in mid-December against Toronto, Buffalo, Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit.
  • The Flyers are in Las Vegas for their first (and only in 2017-18) game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday, February 11. Vegas makes their lone trip to Philadelphia on Monday, March 12.
  • Philadelphia will play each divisional opponent four times, unlike previous years in which they would play some teams four times and some teams five times. Their first game against Pittsburgh is on the road on Monday, November 27, and their first game home against their chief rival is on Tuesday, January 2.
  • First home games against other division rivals: the Rangers on January 16; the Islanders on November 22; the Caps as previously mentioned in the home opener; the Devils on January 20.
  • more to come

Here’s the full schedule:

[#] Thu Jun 22 2017 19:43:18 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Report indicates Devils might want Cale Makar, not Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick, at No. 1

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That would leave the Flyers their pick of the two centers atop the Draft.

CHICAGO — Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider is one of the best NHL Draft experts out there, so when he comes out with his final NHL Mock Draft the day before the big event, it’s worth tuning in for.

And there was a shock in that Mock Draft this morning. According to Pronman, he thinks there is a solid chance that the New Jersey Devils go off the board with the No. 1 overall pick, either trading it or selecting defenseman Cale Makar. Here’s Pronman:

The popular notion for months has been that it is Nolan Patrick vs. Nico Hischier for this spot. But in the past few weeks, it has been indicated to me from several NHL sources that the Devils are leaning toward selecting Makar first overall. Moreover, GM Ray Shero has been following Makar around to get a closer look during the final weeks of his season. It's possible if Makar is the Devils' guy, this is a trade-down scenario for them.

He also opens his piece with his methodology, noting that it’s not his personal thoughts on the prospects but that it’s based off of conversations with scouts and front office types.

To reiterate, this is not my preference and ranking of various prospects. In fact, my opinion differs substantially on several players listed here. Rather, this is simply what I believe will happen Friday based on discussions with scouts and executives all season.

He’s saying this is the most likely result in his mind, and that should carry weight. Pronman is not one to just throw this stuff against the wall. And, well, personally, I’d be pretty happy if the Devils were to mess this up. Makar seems like a good prospect, but he’s really rocketed up the draft boards in the last month or two and it goes against everything that people have been thinking about this draft for years now. That tends to be dangerous, because it is often the result of overthinking things late in the process.

For all of the talk about Nico vs. Nolan, for example, does anybody really believe that Ron Hextall or Ray Shero or any of the general managers and scouting departments in the league don’t already have a preference? They have probably had a strong idea for months now. But late in the game, a change like this? Smells funny.

We’ll see if it comes to fruition on Friday night, or if the Devils even keep the pick should they truly want Makar over Nico or Nolan. For what it’s worth, Pronman’s mock has Nico going to the Flyers at No. 2 given that they would have the chance to make their pick of the two.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: It's draft day!!!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! Tonight is the NHL Entry Draft and your Flyers are picking #2 overall. It's going to be so fun. Come watch and celebrate with your BSH fam and also Keith Jones!! [BSH]

*The Las Vegas Golden Knights have continued to make moves, so here's an updated first round draft order ahead of tonight's festivities. [ProHockeyTalk]

*One more mock draft! [CSN Philly]

*And here's Ron giving absolutely no information about who he'd prefer to draft tonight. [CSN Philly]

*We also have the full schedule! So many exciting thing this week!! [BSH]

*Vladimir Tarasenko tells the story of his first hockey game ever. [The Players' Tribune]

*Chris Pronger has a new job! Good for him, he rules. [ProHockeyTalk]

*DGB goes through the expansion draft madness and declares the winners and the losers. [Sportsnet]

*Speaking of, one of the losers in the expansion draft? Las Vegas. Woof. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, Gary Bettman says that the league is going to work on calling more slashing penalties next season. What a great idea that they definitely won't fuck up at all. [ProHockeyTalk]

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 16:25:59 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Report claims the Flyers are

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We’re just a few hours from the NHL Draft.

CHICAGO — What would NHL Draft day be without a little stress? Here’s some: Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad is reporting that the Flyers are worried about Nolan Patrick’s health as they sit with the No. 2 overall pick tonight.

Kyle doesn’t report Flyers rumors that much, but last time he did it turned out to be true, so there’s reason to believe this. I have a few thoughts:

  • The Flyers are pretty close to the vest under Ron Hextall, so I guess it’s possible that this wouldn’t have leaked out earlier. But I honestly can’t imagine news of this magnitude taking this long to leak. It almost makes me believe that somebody in the Flyers front office could be deflecting or otherwise sending up a decoy. I don’t know; I’m just thinking out loud for the most part.
  • Patrick’s injury history is indeed a concern, but it’s widely believed that it wouldn’t be enough for him to fall out of the top two in this draft. If there’s truth to this and the Flyers are indeed concerned, however, I think it would be based on real homework. The Flyers scout well in the WHL and are connected in the Brandon Wheat Kings organization, as Hextall is one of their most famous alumni. The concern, if it is really there, would have a strong foundation.
  • Imagine that the Devils take Nico Hischier and the Flyers pass on Patrick at No. 2. Patrick goes on to be a star. That’s a fireable offense for Hextall, right? He’d have to be really, really damn sure to make that call.
  • Hell, it might not even matter. As we mentioned yesterday, there’s talk that the Devils could go off the board and take Cale Makar with the No. 1 pick. That would leave the Flyers the choice of Nico or Nolan, and that would obviously be a very good thing.

Anyway, those are some thoughts. Just a couple more hours here until we find out what happens. I’m stressed.

Nolan Patrick 2017 scouting report | SB Nation NHL Draft Match

OK, Flyers fans: ❤️ or on Nolan Patrick?

Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Monday, May 15, 2017

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 16:50:12 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Start time, TV channel, order of selection and how to watch online

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Finally, the NHL Draft is here.

CHICAGO — After months of debate about Nolan Patrick vs. Nico Hischier, Philadelphia Flyers and hockey fans will finally get their answers tonight as Round 1 of the NHL Draft gets underway at United Center.

It’s the first time Chicago has hosted the draft, which will be expanded by seven picks this year thanks to the addition of the league’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Each of the seven rounds will have 31 picks, with the first 31 taking place on Friday night and Rounds 2-7 taking place Saturday morning.

The New Jersey Devils won the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery and moved up to the No. 1 overall pick. The Philadelphia Flyers jumped the most spots in NHL Draft Lottery history when they moved from 13th to the No. 2 overall pick in a draft that’s widely considered to have a large gap between the top two prospects, Patrick and Hischier, and the rest of the bunch.

It’ll all kick off at 7 p.m. ET time, 6 p.m. local time in Chicago, and it can be seen on NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

The 2017 NHL Draft

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
United Center | Chicago, Illinois, USA
American TV: NBCSN | Canadian TV: Sportsnet | French language: TVA
Live streaming on NBC Live Extra and the NBC Sports app

Here’s the order of selection for Round 1, which is certainly subject to change. You can find live updates of each pick with SB Nation’s auto-updating pick tracker.

  1. New Jersey Devils
  2. Philadelphia Flyers
  3. Dallas Stars
  4. Colorado Avalanche
  5. Vancouver Canucks
  6. Vegas Golden Knights
  7. New York Rangers (via Arizona)
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. Florida Panthers
  11. Los Angeles Kings
  12. Carolina Hurricanes
  13. Vegas Golden Knights (via Winnipeg)
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning
  15. Vegas Golden Knights (via NY Islanders)
  16. Calgary Flames
  17. Toronto Maple Leafs
  18. Boston Bruins
  19. San Jose Sharks
  20. St. Louis Blues
  21. New York Rangers
  22. Edmonton Oilers
  23. Arizona Coyotes (via Minnesota)
  24. Winnipeg Jets (via Columbus via Vegas)
  25. Montreal Canadiends
  26. Chicago Blackhawks
  27. St. Louis Blues (via Washington)
  28. Ottawa Senators
  29. Dallas Stars (via Anaheim)
  30. Nashville Predators
  31. Pittsburgh Penguins

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 19:34:50 EDT from rss

Subject: Live updates: The Flyers have the No. 2 pick in the NHL Draft

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We are live from 6:30 to 8:30 talking about the Draft!

PHILADELPHIA (and Chicago) — The Flyers have the No. 2 overall pick, and if you were unable to make it to Smith’s in Center City for our 2017 NHL Draft party, you can still get in on the fun with us right here.

From 6:30 til 8:30 p.m. ET during the first round of the Draft, we’ll be broadcasting a live edition of BSH Radio. Keith Jones and Al Morganti will stop by to chat with Bill, Kelly, Steph and Charlie, who will be posted up at Smith’s for the broadcast. Travis is in Chicago to provide live updates, and hopefully chat with whoever the Flyers winding up taking with the No. 2 pick.

You can watch the broadcast live on Facebook, and the feed will be embedded right here once it begins. If you can’t watch, you can listen to us on Mixlr. They have an app, so go do that.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 20:25:10 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Flyers select Nolan Patrick with No. 2 overall pick

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It’s Nolan!

CHICAGO — With the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, there were no real surprises. The New Jersey Devils held on to the first pick and took Nico Hischier, and the Flyers indeed held onto the second pick and took Nolan Patrick.

Nolan Patrick 2017 scouting report | SB Nation NHL Draft Match

OK, Flyers fans: ❤️ or on Nolan Patrick?

Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Friday, June 23, 2017

We’ve been excited about this for months, and the payoff is sweet.

Nolan Patrick has the tools to be a No. 1 center in the National Hockey League, and his floor is ... a second-line center, barring injuries? There’s no guarantee that he’ll reach his ceiling, and injury issues are at least a slight concern. But for several years he has been projected to go at the top of this draft, and that the Flyers landed him in a second in which they finished 17th in the league standings is an absolute coup. He scored 101 points with the Brandon Wheat Kings just two years ago, and without those injury concerns, he would have ran away with the No. 1 pick. That he fell to the Flyers at two is ... well, it is luck that we are not used to in Philadelphia.

As for Nico Hischier, he is now our enemy for life. He rocketed up draft boards and ultimately took over Patrick’s spot atop the draft with a dominant first major junior season. He single-handedly almost carried Switzerland to the semifinals of the World Juniors. He might have a flashier game than Patrick, and his floor might be higher. But there is concern about just how short his time as a highly-touted prospect has been. Anyway, the Devils are going to ruin him anyways. Let’s be real.

Will Patrick step into the lineup right away? That’s hard for any young player going from juniors to the professional level, where the competition is tougher and bigger and the season is longer. It is especially tough for one coming off of an injury-laden year. We shouldn’t expect it, but he will surely get his fair shot in camp this fall.

There were rumors that New Jersey could have gone off the board with their pick. There were rumors that the Flyers were concerned about Patrick’s injury history. Ultimately, the conventional wisdom held and the Flyers have an incredible prospect on their hands here. Let’s celebrate.

We will have much much more on this pick here on the site tonight, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Bill, Kelly, Steph and Charlie and everybody at our Draft party at Smith’s are celebrating right now on the air for our podcast. Be sure to tune into that, where we’ll have live coverage of press availability with your newest member of the Flyers.

BSH Radio LIVE for the #NHLDraft

Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Friday, June 23, 2017

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 21:25:53 EDT from rss

Subject: Watch: Flyers select Nolan Patrick with No. 2 overall pick in 2017 NHL Draft

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The video of the pick.

It happened. The consensus No. 1 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft for the last three years wasn’t taken by the New Jersey Devils at No. 1. Instead, he fell to No. 2 and your Philadelphia Flyers.

Watch the moment — again and again and again -- below, courtesy our friends at NBC.

And here’s his first full interview just following the pick, plus chats with Ron Hextall and Nolan’s dad Steve.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 22:46:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Brayden Schenn traded to Blues for Jori Lehtera, two draft picks; Flyers draft Morgan Frost with pick acquired in trade

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CHICAGO — And you thought the Flyers were done. Ron Hextall is never done.
Brayden Schenn has been traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, NHL center Jori Lehtera and a conditional 2018 first round pick.

With the 27th pick, the Flyers selected forward Morgan Frost of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He had 62 points in 67 games last year.

OH MAN. We will have much more in a few minutes.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 23:31:32 EDT from rss

Subject: A quote from new Flyers prospect Morgan Frost in 2013:

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He will fit in here just fine.

For the record, what was Frost was referring to back on November 1, 2013? It was that game against the Washington Capitals in which Ray Emery beat up Braden Holtby; in which our game recap headline was “Absolutely embarrassing”; in which I decided not even to use words in the recap, just embarrassing pictures.

So yeah, Morgan had a point.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 23:56:07 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Read Nolan Patrick

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Every word. This is your bible now.

CHICAGO — Below, read every word Nolan Patrick said to the media after he was taken with the No. 2 pick by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Q. What’s your reaction, and are you surprised at all?

NOLAN PATRICK: A little excitement. I didn’t know where I was going to go, but I kind of had a feeling I was going to end up in Philly, and that’s a place I’d be really excited if I had a chance to go there. It’s tough to put into words right now, but it’s a special day for me and my family.

Q. I know you’re friends with Brayden Schenn and others. Does that make it easier for you? [Ed. Note: Well, that’s awkward now.]

NOLAN PATRICK: I think so. I think obviously when you’re going somewhere and you don’t know anyone, it’s obviously tougher to step in, but I think knowing those guys, they’re obviously really good guys, I think it will make a transition [easier], make this year good for me.

Q. The Flyers have a nice history; would you like to help them end their drought [Ed. Note: What the fuck kind of question is this?]

NOLAN PATRICK: I think every hockey player wants to win a Cup, so that’s my main goal is to win a Cup in my NHL career. If I had a chance to do that, that would be unbelievable.

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Q. Have you had a chance to think about the fit in terms of the organization? With the Devils and the Flyers the last couple of weeks, I’m sure that had to have crossed your mind at some point?

NOLAN PATRICK: A little bit, but I try not to think too far ahead, just enjoy the moment and the experience of being here. Right now I’m just going to enjoy it with my friends and family and get back to work, and hopefully I can crack the team in October there, so that’s my main goal.

Q. Is there a sense of relief? You’ve had a trying year with injuries and not playing much. Are you glad that’s behind you and you can move forward?

NOLAN PATRICK: Yeah, you never want to be injured, especially in your draft year. Obviously that was a tough year for me, but I think it makes me stronger as a player, and adversity at this age doesn’t hurt, so I’m just going to move on from there and get ready for next season.

Q. When you came to Philadelphia for the medical check, were you nervous about that? Did you feel as though you were basically having to sell yourself that you’re a healthy player?

NOLAN PATRICK: No, it doesn’t really matter to me. If you don’t want to draft me, then don’t draft me. I’m happy -- I’m really happy I went here, and I think they just wanted to get me to see their doctors and not get information from doctors who aren’t theirs, so that was the main thing.

Q. What’s next for you to make sure you’re in the NHL this season?

NOLAN PATRICK: Just a good summer of training, getting bigger and stronger. Everyone in the NHL can skate and they’re strong players, so that’s my main thing.

Q. If you hadn’t missed so much time this year, do you think there would be no question about playing next year, it would be a foregone conclusion you’d be starting in the NHL?

NOLAN PATRICK: I don’t know if missing games this year matters too much. I was still doing a lot of skill development stuff when I was hurt and working on mobility things. I just played a college season, so that’s what happened this year.

Q. Have you talked to Ron Hextall or have you and he talked at all about this season and whether he thought you could play right away? Was that part of the discussion?

NOLAN PATRICK: Not too much.

Q. Do you think you can play right away?

NOLAN PATRICK: Yeah, I think after a good summer of training, that’s my goal.

Q. Are you the kind of guy who uses this kind of stuff as motivation?

NOLAN PATRICK: Going second?

Q. Going second, yeah.

NOLAN PATRICK: No, not at all. I think me and Nico [Hischier] are completely different players. I think he might be a little more offensively dynamic than me, and I think I might be a little more defensively [skilled] than him. I think we’re just completely different players, so they wanted him, and it’s not like I’m sitting here mad wishing I went to Jersey. They didn’t want me, so it doesn’t matter too much to me.

Q. Playing on a team with Ivan Provorov, what do you think about that?

NOLAN PATRICK: Oh, he’s going to be a star right away here, so he’s an unbelievable player, and he’s got everything it takes to be a star NHL player in my mind.

Q. Do you know Ron Hextall at all?

NOLAN PATRICK: No, I didn’t know him before the Combine, stuff like that.

Q. How did the tour go with you and Nico? Obviously you’ve been taken to the same events over the course of a few weeks. Is it a friendship, a bond, a rivalry?

NOLAN PATRICK: It was awesome. He’s an awesome guy and I loved hanging out with him. We made a good friendship over the last little bit here, and it wasn’t a rivalry for us at all. I’m really happy for him, and you could tell how happy his family was for him. It’s cool to see the first Swiss player to go No. 1, I think it was, so that’s awesome for him, and I think now both of us need to start working to make the NHL, so that’s our main goal.

Q. Who’s here from your family tonight?

NOLAN PATRICK: My dad, my two sisters, my mom, and my uncle James.

Q. As a two-way complete player that you’ve been pegged as, do you see yourself as a guy that this franchise is really going to build around?

NOLAN PATRICK: I don’t want to look that far. I just only want to make the NHL and establish myself. I’m just going to try to play my game and contribute as much as I can. Obviously I think the Flyers have a really good team, and if you look at their D core coming up, they’ve got some unbelievable prospects, so I think in a couple years they’re going to be a really good team, or even this year coming up. I think they’ve got all the tools to do that.

Q. What will be your biggest obstacle trying to crack the roster?

NOLAN PATRICK: I don’t know, I try not to look at it like that. I just try to look at everything in my control that I can do, and I’m going to do everything I can to make it.

Q. How did Brandon help put you in that chair?

NOLAN PATRICK: I could go on and on about Brandon. Kelly McCrimmon was huge for me, helping me develop as a player when I was 16. He made me work for my ice time, and then he pushed me to succeed after that. He’s a great hockey man. He obviously got that job in Vegas for a reason. I think him and George McPhee are obviously going to do big things there, so Kelly was huge for me and Brandon. All my teammates, I played with some unreal guys . . . all awesome guys who supported me through everything.

Q. How much do you think the impact your dad and uncle have made on your career, two guys that played in the NHL?

NOLAN PATRICK: Yeah, they’ve been my two biggest role models through everything. They’ve helped me since I was young, and my dad is a little different than my uncle, their personality is a lot different. My dad is a goof and he’s always making jokes and my uncle is a little more serious, so they’ve both been huge for me.

Q. What was going through your mind after the first pick was announced?

NOLAN PATRICK: I hope I go second. (Laughter). Probably that. You know, I wasn’t sitting there rattled that he went. I was happy for him, and he’s an awesome guy. I’m happy how things played out.

Q. Did you get to know each other this week since you had all those other events?

NOLAN PATRICK: Yeah, I got to know him a lot at the Combine and at the Memorial Cup before that, and then we roomed together at the end of the Combine and then in Nashville, so we were with each other a lot. He’s fun to be around.

Nolan Patrick 2017 scouting report | SB Nation NHL Draft Match

OK, Flyers fans: ❤️ or on Nolan Patrick?

Posted by Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans on Friday, June 23, 2017

Q. What were the first thoughts that went through your mind when your name was called?

NOLAN PATRICK: It’s tough to put into words. I was just really excited and happy that I could have the people that mean the most to me there and supported me through it all.

Q. How do you feel about eventually moving to a city like Philadelphia?

NOLAN PATRICK: I’m really excited. I’ve been there a few times, and it’s obviously a great sports place. I like the way the team plays, and hopefully I can fit into that.

Q. [Inaudible]

NOLAN PATRICK: We honestly didn’t talk about the draft once in the last two-and-a-half weeks hanging out. You know, he’s a really laid-back guy, and I’m happy for him.

Q. [Inaudible]

NOLAN PATRICK: No, not at all. It’s not like if I make the NHL next year I’m going to go, ‘I’ve got to get more points than Nico,’ or anything like that. I think the draft is obviously just to show where you’re going, and the team that you’re trying out for next. I think all the work starts out, and I think in about a week they’ll be talking about the prospects for next year.

Q. What was it like before the first pick was announced?

NOLAN PATRICK: I wasn’t too nervous. I just was trying to expect whatever and be ready for anything, so it -- I’m really happy how it played out. I’m really happy to be part of the Flyers organization, and I’m really excited to see where it goes from here.

[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 09:00:04 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Start time, TV channel, pick order and info for Rounds 2-7

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The Flyers have 10 picks on Saturday. That’s a lot of picks.

CHICAGO — Rounds 2 through 7 of the 2017 NHL Draft get underway bright and early on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET time.

The Philadelphia Flyers made two picks and a big trade during Round 1 on Friday night, selecting Nolan Patrick with the No. 2 pick and speedy forward Morgan Frost with the No. 27 pick. And Brayden Schenn is now a member of the St. Louis Blues.

On Day 2, they’ll enter the draft floor with 10 picks:

  • 44th overall
  • 75th overall
  • 80th overall (via the Bruins, the Zac Rinaldo pick)
  • 106th overall
  • 107th overall (via the Lightning in the Mark Streit trade)
  • 108th overall (via the Islanders in a 2016 draft day pick swap)
  • 137th overall
  • 168th overall
  • 196th overall (via Kings, via Lightning in the Mark Streit trade)
  • 199th overall

Day 2 of the NHL Draft can be seen on NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada. Follow along with every pick here.

[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 11:31:21 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL draft 2017: Flyers trade up, select Isaac Ratcliffe at No. 35

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The Flyers traded two extra picks to move up from No. 44 and select the big winger.

The Flyers have packaged a few of their 10 Day 2 picks to go up and get a player that they clearly had some interest in, drafting Guelph winger Isaac Ratcliffe at No. 35.

Ratcliffe was a guy seen by many as a potential first-round talent, which helps explain the Flyers’ evident urgency in moving up for him. Ratcliffe stands tall — to say the least — at 6’6”, 200 pounds, and is coming off a year in which he posted 28 goals and 26 assists in 67 OHL games with the Storm.

Our friends over at Fear The Fin pulled together a scouting report for Ratcliffe, who was a highlight on a dreadful Guelph team this past season:

The most notable strength Ratcliffe brings is his size. Ratcliffe, at 6’6” and 203 pounds, is one of the tallest players in the OHL Still, he’ll need to add some mass to his frame to compete with pros at the NHL level, but if you can find an 18-year-old who doesn’t need to add muscle mass in his draft year not named Ekblad, I’d love to meet him. He protects the puck well, which should be expected of someone this massive, but he also has deceptively soft hands, making him both difficult to move out of the crease, and dangerous every second he stays there. Ratcliffe is a decent skater, and if he can improve his skating along with his strength, he has a legitimate shot to be a top 6 winger in the NHL.

Ratcliffe’s maneuverability and hockey sense make it easy to overlook the fact that his north south skating needs work. He’ll have to add some explosive lower body strength and work on his stride to keep up with NHL level breakouts, but hopefully that will come with the size he needs to add anyway. Ratcliffe could clock in at 220 pounds in a few years, and if that comes with a commensurate improvement in his skating ability, he could be a terror out there.


THW Consensus: 38th

ISS Hockey: 20th

Future Considerations: 23rd

NHL CSS: 15th (NA)

As for how they got there:

At first glance, that seems like a lot of value — a third and a fourth — to move up nine picks. Hextall is taking a big swing for the fences here, packaging some of the value they’ve accumulated via trade over the past few years for a guy that they almost certainly had a first-round value on. Time will tell if it works out for them.

[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 12:21:13 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL draft 2017: Flyers take goalie Kirill Ustimenko at No. 80 overall

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The Russian netminder was chosen with the pick was received in the Zac Rinaldo trade from the summer of 2015.

After trading up to No. 35 to select Isaac Ratcliffe, the Flyers’ next pick was at No. 80, a position they were at because they traded Zac Rinaldo for a third-round pick back in the summer of 2015. Two years later, the team has used that pick to select Russian goalie Kirill Ustimenko.

Ustimenko spent this past season in the MHL, posting a .938 save percentage in 27 games. He also made two appearances for the Russian team in the Under-18 World Junior Championships.

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[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 13:01:54 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL Draft 2017: Winger Maksim Sushko the Flyers

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Philadelphia goes with a forward from Belarus with their second of two fourth round picks.

After taking a recognizable name in Matthew Strome, the Flyers went right back to the podium a pick later and grabbed a slightly more obscure player in Maksim Sushko.

Sushko, a winger from Belarus, played for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL last year and finished with 32 points in 54 games. He has decent size (6’0’, 179 per but certainly won’t be confused for Flyers’ second rounder Isaac Ratcliffe.

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[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 13:00:40 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL draft 2017: Flyers select Matthew Strome at No. 106

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The Hamilton winger comes from a family of hockey players.

At pick No. 106, the Flyers have selected winger Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Strome, who posted 62 points in 66 games this past season, may be best known for who his brothers are: recently-traded center Ryan Strome was selected fifth overall in 2011 by the Islanders, while Dylan Strome went No. 3 to the Coyotes in 2015.

Strome appears to represent good value for the Flyers here, as the general consensus on him was that he had a second-round kind of grade. Strome’s a bigger winger — he stands at 6’3”, 190 pounds — who needs to work on his skating, but there’s upside in this pick for the Flyers.

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[#] Sat Jun 24 2017 13:32:47 EDT from rss

Subject: NHL draft 2017: Flyers select winger Noah Cates at No. 137

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He’ll begin playing at Minnesota-Duluth this fall.

With the 137th pick in the draft, the Flyers have selected American winger Noah Cates of the USHL’s Omaha Lancers.

Cates spent most of this past year playing at the high school level at Stillwater High School, eventually getting in 11 games with Omaha and posting seven points in those games. The 6’1”, 170-pound winger will begin playing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall.

Cates was the 121st-ranked North American skater this fall. As was just pointed out on this NHL Network broadcast I am watching, Flyers assistant general manager Chris Pryor has connections in the Stillwater area, and almost certainly had some input on this pick.

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