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Flyers GM Ron Hextall plans on fielding a younger team in 2017-18, but he doesn't see it as part of a rebuild.

"We’re getting younger, but rebuild? Absolutely not," Hextall said. "We have young players, and at some point here we have to open up opportunities for them to play. … We feel we have some young players who, if they’re not ready, they’re close. But rebuild? Absolutely not. Methodically getting younger? Yes." The Flyers have missed the playoffs in three of their last five seasons and haven't advanced past the first round in that span, so if they don't start turning things around a rebuild might be where they're ultimately headed. Their offense is a question mark, especially after trading away Brayden Schenn, and they might want to sign another goaltender. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how they approach the rest of the offseason.
Jun 25 - 3:48 PM

With the trade of Brayden Schenn to St. Louis, Oskar Lindblom could be in line to take his spot as a top-six forward.

Lindblom was taken in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Flyers in 2014 and has excelled ever since with a 22 goal and 47 point season this past year in the Swedish Elite League. He will play in North America this season and the Flyers are hoping it is in Philadelphia. He should get 40-45 points in a full season.
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Matthew Strome in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Strome’s the younger brother of Oilers forward Ryan Strome and Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome. The younger Strome is a big body at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds and he’s not shy to use his frame to his advantage. He’s able to produce offensively thanks to solid play down low and his ability to get to the front of the net. Last season, he had 34 goals and 62 points in 66 games with the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. The knock on Strome is that his poor skating doesn’t allow him to keep up with the pace of the game. If he can improve that aspect of his game, he should be able to carve out a career in the NHL, but that’s a big "if" right now. The Flyers have selected five forwards with their first six picks in 2017.
Jun 24 - 12:03 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers selected Isaac Ratcliffe in the second round (35th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers must really like Ratcliffe because they gave Arizona the 44th, 75th and 108th picks to move up to select him. Ratcliffe is a physical specimen. Listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Ratcliffe has ideal size to be an effective power forward at the next level. Not only is the 18-year-old huge, he also has the necessary skating ability and offensive talent to develop into the kind of forward every NHL team desires. Ratcliffe didn’t produce the same numbers as other top junior prospects in this draft (28 goals and 54 points in 67 games), but none of his Guelph teammates scored more goals and only one other player had more points. Like most power-forward prospects, Ratcliffe still needs to fill out his large frame. He has the potential to develop into a top-six forward at the next level, but he’ll need a little time to reach his ceiling.
Jun 24 - 10:26 AM

Nolan Patrick was not upset about going No. 2 overall and he thought he would heading to the Flyers.

"I kind of had a feeling I was going to end up in Philly, and I'm real excited about the chance to go there," said Patrick. "It's a special day for me and my family." He feels he didn't play at all like himself in 2016-17 and is confident that a good summer will get him back to performing at 100 percent. Patrick's size and maturity could make him ready to make the jump to the NHL as early as next season.
Jun 24 - 10:06 AM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall likes Jori Lehtera's versatility.

Lehtera can play center or the wing and he can kill penalties. He was acquired from the Blues on Friday night in a deal that sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis. Lehtera registered just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games last season. His production has dropped each year since he had 14 goals and 44 points in 75 contests in 2014-15.
Jun 24 - 9:55 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Morgan Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers acquired this pick from St. Louis along with Jori Lehtera and a conditional pick in 2018 in exchange for Brayden Schenn. After selecting Nolan Patrick second overall, Philadelphia went with another center. He's a pass-first center that took some serious offensive strides in the OHL this season. The 18-year-old went from having seven goals and 27 points in his first season to 20 goals and 62 points in 67 games in 2016-17. He has very good vision and high hockey IQ for a player of his age and his ability to dish the puck to his teammates is quite impressive. The knock on Frost is that he looks to pass too often and that makes him predictable to defend at times. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is also capable of playing a sound game without the puck. If his development goes according to plan he could turn into a second-line center, but he’ll need more time in the lower levels to achieve that.
Jun 23 - 9:44 PM

The Blues have traded centre Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick in the 2017 entry draft and a conditional first-round pick in 2018 to the Flyers for Brayden Schenn.

Lehtera is a decent two-way player, but he clearly doesn't have the offensive upside of Schenn. Lehtera could slot in as Philly's third or fourth-line center behind Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier and possibly Scott Laughton if they want to keep him in the middle. If the Flyers shift him to the wing his fantasy value will be much higher than burried on the team's fourth unit.
Jun 23 - 9:42 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Nolan Patrick with the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

He fell to the Flyers at second overall because the Devils went with Nico Hischier first overall. Patrick was a consensus top two pick leading up to the draft and it’s easy to see why. The WHL star is a 6-foot-2, 198 pound center with high-end offensive ability. He’s averaged more than a point-per-game in in each of his three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 18-year-old put up an outstanding 102 points in 72 games during the 2015-16 season (he was 17 at the time). The knock on Patrick coming into the draft, is that he missed so much time last year. He sat out 35 games because of an upper-body injury during Brandon’s regular season and all four games of the playoffs because of a lower-body ailment. In 33 games with Brandon, he scored 20 goals and 46 points. Even though he’s dealt with his fair share of injuries, his size, skill and vision make him an incredible young talent. Patrick has the potential to develop into a number one center in the near future.
Jun 23 - 7:24 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers are in the market for a goaltender going into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

They aren't necessarily looking for a number one goalie, but given Michal Neuvirth and Anthony Stolarz's recent injury history, they would at least like to add to their depth. Beyond that though, Hextall might not be ready to start the season with Stolarz in the NHL. "Let's see if we can find an option that is better for us short term," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "There is always an option. Is [Stolarz] the best option? I don't know if you can say that."
Jun 23 - 10:20 AM

Scott Laughton might secure a regular role with the Flyers in 2017-18 as their fourth-line center.

Laughton is projected to battle Mike Vecchione for that position. The vacancy is there because the Golden Knights took Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the expansion draft. Laughton spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL, but he does have 109 contests worth of NHL experience.
Jun 22 - 9:57 AM

Jordan Weal's agent has spoken with the Vegas Golden Knights, but he is still expected to re-sign with Philadelphia.

Weal is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1. He accounted for eight goals and 12 points in 23 appearances with the Flyers last season. If everything goes according to plan then he should be a regular member of Philadelphia's lineup in 2017-18.
Jun 21 - 9:58 AM

Michal Neuvirth could be the player that Vegas plucks off Philadelphia's roster in the expansion draft.

Neuvirth was a member of the Capitals when new Vegas GM George McPhee was there and that familiarity could get him selected. If he gets taken then the Flyers may circle back to pending UFA netminder Steve Mason. The Flyers surprisingly chose to protect Anthony Stolarz instead of Neuvirth.
Jun 20 - 11:55 AM

Michael Raffl was not protected by Philadelphia for the expansion draft.

Raffl generated just 11 points in 52 games last season after he had 31 points in 82 matches in 2015-16. However, goaltender Michal Neuvirth or forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare may interest the Golden Knights more than Raffl.

Scott Laughton was protected by Philadelphia for the expansion draft.

It's believed that the Flyers chose to protect Laughton because they expect to sign pending unrestricted free agent Jordan Weal to a new contract. Laughton spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors and will be a restricted free agent in July.
Jun 20 - 11:45 AM


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