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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

Although Jordan Weal was left unprotected by Philadelphia, the Flyers could sign him to a contract shortly.

It will have to wait until after the Golden Knights select their Flyer on Wednesday as the unrestricted free agent could still be selected by Vegas but the only stumbling block is the money as the length of the contract has been determined. Weal had eight goals and 12 points in only 23 games last season and should be a bottom-two center with the Flyers next season.
Jun 19 - 8:48 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have protected Anthony Stolarz rather than Michal Neuvirth.

That move was a surprise to some. The Flyers also kept Sean Couturier, Valtteri Filppula, Claude Giroux, Scott Laughton, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas and Brandon Manning. Vegas may consider grabbing Neuvirth with their Flyers selection.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:25 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor, have bought the ECHL Alaska Aces and plan to hand day-to-day operations of the franchise to Daniel Briere.

Briere has been working with the business side of the Flyers for two years after announcing his the end of his playing career in 2015. Comcast Spectacor is also moving the Aces to Portland, Maine, starting with the 2018-19 campaign. This ECHL franchise won't be actually affiliated with the Flyers in terms of prospects though because Philadelphia already has an affiliation agreement with the ECHL Reading Royals.
Jun 17 - 4:37 AM

Brendan Warren has been acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers.

He was traded to the Flyers on Friday along with a 2018 fifth-round draft pick for Nick Cousins and the rights to goaltender Merrick Madsen. Warren recorded three goals and 10 points in 35 games for the University of Michigan in 2016-17. He was a third-round selection (81st overall) of the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Jun 16 - 10:56 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is still leaving the door open to the possibility of re-signing Steve Mason.

That being said, at this point it appears that the likely scenario is that Mason will leave the team as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Mason's agent Anton Thun recently reported that he hasn't engaged in formal contract talks with the Philadelphia Flyers. Mason posted a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage in 58 games in 2016-17.
Jun 16 - 5:08 PM

It looks like Steve Mason and the Philadelphia Flyers will part ways.

Mason is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Back in May Flyers GM Ron Hextall didn't dismiss the possibility of re-signing Mason, but agent Anton Thun said on Wednesday that he hasn't engaged in any formal negotiations with the franchise. "Unless something changes between now and July 1, he’ll be going into free agency," Thun said. Mason had a 2.66 GAA and .908 save percentage in 58 games last season.
Jun 15 - 10:38 AM


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