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Jori Lehtera believes that a fresh start in Philadelphia will be good for his career.

Lehtera was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia as part of the deal that sent Brayden Schenn to the Blues on draft day. Lehtera struggled last season, as he just 22 points in 64 games in his final year in St. Louis. But the veteran believes switching teams will do him some good. "I have no idea why (the Blues traded me), but I think it’s better for me that I got traded, so I don’t really care why," said Lehtera. "That’s the business part of hockey. It’s always tough to leave when you know all of the guys and the city. But hockey-wise, it’s going to be good for me. I didn’t play well at the end, but I think a new start will be really good for me." The change might help make him more productive, but don't expect him to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 1:01 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere is more confident going into the 2017-18 season.

Gostisbehere didn't feel like he was ever able to establish a rhythm last year after he had surgery to repair injuries to his hip and abdominal muscles in May 2016. "It's your thought process," he said. "You're making cuts, you're doing things [and] you think about it. 'I could have gone a little faster there. Is that from the surgery?' It's more mental than anything." He struggled during his sophomore campaign after an impressive rookie year. If Gostisbehere returns to form then he could be a great value pick on the back end.
Aug 12 - 9:22 AM

Carter Hart's mental toughness will serve him well when he makes the jump to the NHL.

Hart was in goal for Canada during last year's gold-medal game shootout loss to the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. It was a disappointing end to the tournament for him, but he bounced back quickly for Everett with a mark of 16-8-4, a 2.11 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and five shutouts in his remaining WHL contests. Hart also gained some perspective by working with a sports psychologist. He was back with Canada for the World Junior Summer Showcase and is preparing to attend training camp with the Flyers before heading back to the junior ranks.
Aug 8 - 5:44 PM

Nolan Patrick is expected to play his natural position at center if the stays with the Flyers in 2017-18.

It's expected that Patrick will at least be with Philadelphia out of training camp as long as he can stay healthy. If he doesn't have any issues from abdominal surgery in June then he could center the Flyers' second or third line. Patrick could see ice time with several different linemates, including Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, Valtteri Filppula, Michael Raffl, Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds. He also may see action on the power play.
Aug 6 - 3:11 PM

Philadelphia has agreed to terms with Isaac Ratcliffe on an entry-level contract.

The Flyers chose Ratcliffe with the 35th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old forward notched 28 goals and 54 points in 67 games for the Guelph Storm of the OHL during the 2016-17 campaign.
Aug 3 - 5:58 PM

Morgan Frost has signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Frost was chosen with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was acquired from St. Louis along with center Jori Lehtera and a conditional first-round selection in 2018 in exchange for Brayden Schenn. Frost produced 20 goals and 62 points in 67 games for Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL last year.
Aug 3 - 5:52 PM

Philadelphia prospect Morgan Frost wants to become a better two-way threat this season.

"Morgan as a player is extremely intelligent the way he reads the game. He skates well, [has a] very high skill set and makes players around him that much better," said Sault Ste. Marie coach Drew Bannister. "He sees the ice very well. He's able to control the game, speed it up and slow it down, draw players, checkers, into areas that he wants them, to give himself a bit more ice or give his linemates more ice to create offensive opportunities." Frost tallied 20 goals and 62 points in 67 games last season for his OHL club. He was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Aug 2 - 6:23 PM

Nolan Patrick's facial infection was an abscess/boil.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that Patrick has been treated and is doing well. The facial infection kept him off the ice for a couple days. The timing was unfortunate because he was expected to resume skating as part of his recovery from abdominal surgery, but that timetable has been delayed a bit.
Jul 22 - 10:14 AM

Nolan Patrick has been kept off the ice for the last two days due to a facial infection.

Patrick hasn't been having any luck as he was already recovering from abdominal surgery. He was dealing with a "sharp, shooting pain" in his lower stomach last season that he had played through. Philadelphia took him with the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 1:46 PM

Nicolas Aube-Kubel had a tough time in his first pro campaign, but he's optimistic ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Aube-Kubel was used to being an offensive force in the QMJHL, but last season he was limited to nine goals and 18 points in 71 AHL contests. "This year, I was maybe more focusing on having a role and trying to do what the coach was asking of me," Aube-Kubel said. "Now that it's all set, I'm going to focus on offensive play. I don't want to put pressure on myself, but last year wasn't my best offensive year. It was also my first year. I think I was trying to learn a lot of it and we'll see what happens next year." The Flyers took him with the 48th overall pick in 2014. Although he probably won't play in the NHL next season, he's worth keeping tabs on.
Jul 20 - 8:27 AM

Nolan Patrick has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Patrick was taken with the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He was projected to be the first selection going into the 2016-17 campaign, but he was dealing with an injury last season that hindered him and led to him having abdominal surgery on June 13. He's pain free now though, in contrast to the 2016-17 when he would play through a "sharp, shooting pain" in his lower stomach. There's a strong chance that he'll make the Flyers' squad and have a great rookie campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 17 - 10:27 AM

Philippe Myers has gained 10 pounds worth of muscle over the summer.

Myers stands at an imposing 6-foot-5 so it's obviously encouraging to see the 20-year-old defenseman bulking up to take advantage of that size. This will be a big preseason for him, especially given that he had hip surgery during the summer of 2016 and was only cleared on Sept. 26, 2016. The end result is that he was out of shape for the Flyers' preseason. This time around should be different and that gives him a chance to make a strong impression during training camp.
Jul 17 - 8:43 AM

Cole Bardreau has agreed to a two-year, two-way deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Bardreau had nine goals, 25 points, and 85 penalty minutes in 72 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old forward hasn't played in the NHL yet in his career.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 1:19 PM

Anthony Stolarz has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Stolarz had a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage in 29 AHL contests in 2016-17. He also recorded a 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage in seven NHL games with the Flyers. Philadelphia has Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, so Stolarz will probably begin the campaign in the minors.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 1:18 PM

Alex Lyon has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lyon was a restricted free agent following the conclusion of his entry-level contract. He posted a 2.74 GAA and .912 save percentage in 47 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 1:16 PM


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