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Samuel Morin received some guidance from Chris Pronger over the summer.

Morin is a towering defenseman at 6-foot-7 and he's shown a willingness to use that size to his advantage. However, after collecting 121 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL games last season and a two-game suspension for throwing his stick into the stands, it remains to be seen if he can be disciplined enough to stay out of trouble going forward. "We started talking about hockey and we spoke about intensity and harnessing that intensity and passion and anger into a positive and using it to be unpredictable on the ice and keep opponents off-kilter," Pronger said of his conversation with Morin. Pronger certainly spent quite a bit of time in the sin bin back in his day and it seems likely that Morin will as well should he solidify himself in the NHL. That's to be expected, but where he'll get himself into trouble is if he takes too many dumb penalties.
Sep 15 - 5:54 AM

Goaltender Rob Zepp is back in North America after spending the last 10 years playing in Europe.

The Newmarket, Ontario native only intended to spend a couple of seasons in Europe before returning from across the pond, but things did not work out as planned. Zepp will start the season in Adirondack where he is expected to mentor Anthony Stolarz and split the netminding duties with him.
Sep 14 - 9:38 AM

Tyrell Goulbourne will miss the starr of training camp with an upper body injury.

Goulbourne suffered the injury at training camp in the WHL and while he was slated to return to junior hockey this season, the extra experience of an NHL training camp wouldn't have hurt. He had 17 goals and 37 points for Kelowna of the WHL last season in addition to 114 penalty minutes.
Sep 14 - 9:30 AM

GM Ron Hextall wants a better defensive effort from Vincent Lecavalier.

At age 34, this may be asking a lot from Lecavalier but the Flyers need to be better without the puck and Hextall will demand the same from everyone. Hextall tried to deal Lecavalier in the off-season but with no luck so Lecavalier will return to Philadelphia for his second season. He was plagued by back problems last season but still managed 20 goals and 37 points in 69 games. Lecavalier disappointed with a team worst minus-16. Expect a similar type season in 2014-15 and draft him accordingly.
Sep 14 - 9:23 AM

Brayden Schenn is the front runner for the job as the first line left winger with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers dealt Scott Hartnell who played on the left side with Claude Giroux and Jacob Voracek on the first line. The Flyers are deep down the middle with Giroux, Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Sean Couturier as well as rookie Scott Laughton so it makes sense that someone moves to the wing. Others being considered are: Michael Raffl, R.J. Umberger and Lecavalier. Schenn had 20 goals and 41 points last season and his numbers would jump exponentially if he gets the gig on the first line.
Sep 14 - 9:19 AM

Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider said that he thinks Jakub Voracek "could be a superstar."

That might be a bit much, yet Voracek is a fantastic talent who just seems to be getting more confident. His shots-per-game have risen every single season, going up to an impressive 2.87 per contest (235 in 82 games played) last season. Voracek should be getting plenty of great looks to unleash his shot skating with genuine superstar Claude Giroux.
Sep 13 - 3:17 PM

In a refreshing comment of self-awareness, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider admitted that he's been impatient when it comes to team-building.

He reportedly praised new GM Ron Hextall's more patient approach. While Hextall is strapped with a clogged salary cap, he might benefit the organization with what he's learned from being in the Los Angeles Kings' front office.
Sep 13 - 12:44 PM

Look for Brayden Coburn to be on the first defensive pairing with Andrew MacDonald this season.

Rich Chere of the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News projects the duo to be the first pairing with Mark Streit and Niklas Grossmann making up the second unit and Michael Del Zotto teaming up with Luke Schenn as the third pairing. Coburn had only five goals and 17 points in 82 games last season but look for a slight improvement to 20-25 points in 2014-15.
Sep 13 - 9:16 AM

Taylor Leier will likely not make the Flyers out of training camp but he is someone to keep an eye on.

Leier was a late fourth round pick in the 2012 Draft but has shown tremendous improvement over the last two years with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. The 20-year-old had 37 goals and 79 points last season and has even better in the playoffs with six goals and 26 points in 21 games. He should start the season with Adirondack of the AHL but he could be with the big club before the end of the season.
Sep 13 - 9:12 AM

Vincent Lecavalier will start training camp at center.

There is a chance that either Lecavalier or Brayden Schenn will move to the wing as the Flyers want both to be top six forwards. Since Claude Giroux will center the top line, the only way both Lecavalier and Schenn can see top six minutes is if one moves to the wing. Lecavalier is 34 and his best seasons are behind him but he can still contribute offensively to any team. Draft him late in deeper pools however as there are plenty of centers with a lot more upside than the veteran.
Sep 13 - 9:06 AM

Flyers coach Craig Berube hasn't ruled out Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) for the entire season.

Philadelphia is expected to provide an update on his status next week. It sounds like the team is leaving the door open for him to return at some point, but they won't rush him back into the lineup.
Sep 11 - 3:06 PM

Scott Laughton thinks he's ready to make the jump to the NHL this season, but he's also trying to temper his expectations.

"I think I'm ready, but a lot of kids say that when they come in, and sometimes it doesn't work out," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm ready for any situation they put me in." The 20-year-old forward may be better served playing a full season in the minors, especially because the Flyers have plenty of options down the middle. Laughton will be a key player to watch at Philadelphia's rookie camp this weekend before attending the main team's training camp next week.
Sep 11 - 12:04 PM

Ryan White (pectoralis muscle) won't be available for the start of training camp.

White underwent surgery last month because of an injury he sustained during an off-ice workout. The Flyers signed White to a one-year, two-way contract in August.
Sep 9 - 1:00 PM

If 2013-14 patterns hold, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier could be a decent low draft pick in leagues with shorthanded points.

He easily led all forwards in total PK TOI last season (with 281:22, and he has more offensive ability than many of the other top forwards in shorthanded time. If Couturier's game climbs but he keeps carrying a heavy load, he could be a good source for SHP. Tomas Plekanec was another high-end forward who received a lot of PK reps, though it remains to be seen if Montreal goes that route again.
Sep 6 - 6:08 PM

The Score points out that the Philadelphia Flyers boasted a great mix of specialists on their power play.

Claude Giroux mainly runs the show, but Wayne Simmonds is a great presence near the net. The question is whether losing Scott Hartnell will hurt spacing. Still, one big takeaway from The Score's breakdown might be that Simmonds' PP production could be reliable.
Source: The Score
Sep 6 - 4:45 PM

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