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Michael Raffl scored in Wednesday's 2-0 win over New Jersey.

Raffl extended Philadelphia's lead to 2-0 with his goal in the second period. The 27-year-old is entering his fourth season with the Flyers. He isn't much a fantasy option, but he has put together some respectable seasons. Two years ago, Raffl managed to find the back of the net 21 times.
Sep 28 - 10:42 PM

Travis Konecny scored in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

This game was played in Lehigh Valley. Konecny was Philadelphia's first round pick, 24th overall, in 2015 and although he's not overly large (5'10, 176 pounds), he does have some offensive ability. The 19-year-old will likely spend another year in junior before making the leap to the pro ranks in 2017-18. Of course, if he continues producing during training camp, the Flyers could opt to give him a look at the start of the regular season. Either way, he's more of a dynasty league option than anything else at this point.
Sep 28 - 10:39 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have reassigned Carsen Twarynski to the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Twarynski had been participating in the Flyers' training camp. He had 20 goals and 45 points in 67 games with the Hitmen last season.
Sep 28 - 5:43 AM

Connor Bunnaman has been taken off the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

Bunnaman had 16 goals and 38 points in 68 OHL contests in 2015-16. He was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 109th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:41 AM

Anthony Salinitri has been cut from the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

Salinitri had 17 goals and 30 points in 62 OHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 172nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:39 AM

Sean Couturier feels the World Cup helped him substantially when it came to getting ready for the regular season.

Couturier was part of Team North America. "I feel almost in midseason form," Couturier said. "We were there for three weeks of pretty intense [play] and six games. Three games in four nights in the tournament, so it was a pretty busy schedule, and the level of hockey was pretty impressive for September." It would be interesting to see how much playing in the World Cup benefits those who took part in it. At the same time, it's also hard to gauge, particularly because it was mostly the league's best in the tournament anyways, so it won't be surprising if they excel out of the gate. Perhaps the Team North America players could see the most tangible gains as it gave the promising youngsters a bit of a potential edge over some of the league's veterans.
Sep 28 - 5:36 AM

Roman Lyubimov has been making a strong case for himself early in training camp.

Lyubimov has been serving as a right winger on a line with Boyd Gordon and Chris VandeVelde. Among other things, Lyubimov has been battling hard after loose pucks. "It’s a nice trait for a player to have automatically and it’s an important trait," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "His competitiveness and his battle level on 50-50 pucks, things like that, hasn’t changed from Day 1." Lyubimov, who is trying to make the leap from the KHL, also logged 3:55 minutes of ice time on the penalty kill during Tuesday's preseason contest.
Sep 28 - 5:31 AM

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals in Philadelphia's 4-0 win over the New York Islanders.

It might just be another preseason game, but it's nice to see Simmonds gets off to such a good start in 2016-17. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and four hits in 15:31 of ice time. If he stays healthy, the Flyers forward should come close to the 30-goal mark this season.
Sep 27 - 10:25 PM

Philadelphia has released Garrett McFadden and Brennan Menell from their amateur tryouts.

McFadden had 11 goals and 40 points in 68 matches from the back end for the Guelph Storm last season. Menell racked up 53 points, including 46 assists, in 69 contests for the Vancouver Giants in 2015-16.
Sep 27 - 2:04 PM

Carter Hart has been sent back to Everett of the WHL by Philadelphia.

Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener), Samuel Dove-McFalls (Saint John), Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville), Anthony Salinitri (Sarnia), Carsen Twarynski (Calgary) were also assigned to their junior clubs. The Flyers have 56 players remaining at training camp following the team's first round of cuts.
Sep 27 - 1:59 PM

Alex Lyon saved 28 of 29 shots in a 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Monday's preseason contest.

"Solid performance from start to finish," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said of Lyon. "Great demeanor and presence, and just a real steady performance all the way through." Lyon is gearing up for his first pro season after posting a 1.64 GAA and .936 save percentage in 31 games with Yale University last season. The Flyers are expected to open the season with Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but both of those netminders only have a year left on their contract, so there's an opportunity for Lyon if he impresses in the minors this season.
Sep 27 - 6:02 AM

Boyd Gordon should make a big difference to the Flyers penalty killing.

Gordon is a PK specialist and is also quite good on the draw, so this should help the Flyers who were 20th overall last season while shorthanded. "I've done it my whole career," Gordon said. "Some years have been better than others, but it's something I've always taken pride in. Special teams are huge now." The move to sign Gordon should also help Claude Giroux as he won't be required to do as much penalty killing work as in the past. Gordon has limited fantasy value but will chip in with the occasional goal.
Sep 26 - 9:02 AM

Michael Del Zotto appears to have fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery.

The defenseman will line up on the second defense pairing with the Flyers and see some power play time on the second unit. Look for a 25-30 point season and draft him accordingly.
Sep 26 - 8:56 AM

Jordan Weal has opened a few eyes at Flyers training camp.

Weal has been centering Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds but that will come to an end when Claude Giroux returns from the World Cup. He will likely start the season in the AHL but if he continues to impress he could make it on the fourth line or as an extra forward. He has no fantasy value.
Sep 26 - 8:50 AM

Look for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds to play on a line with Claude Giroux this season.

The trio played well together last year after Jakub Voracek was taken off the Giroux line. Giroux is currently with Team Canada at the World Cup and should be back at Flyers camp in over a week when the tournament concludes. Giroux had 22 goals and 67 points in 78 games last season but should do better in 2016-17 as he was hampered by hip and sports hernia injuries throughout the season.
Sep 26 - 8:40 AM


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