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Flyers select defenseman Samuel Morin at 11th overall

With the eleventh pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft the Philadelphia Flyers selected defenseman Samuel Morin from Rimouski of the QMJHL. The 6’6” 210 lb defenseman was ranked #23 on the CSS North American skater rankings. Morin currently weighing 210 and height last measured at 6-6 1/2. Wants to play in NHL at 230-240 lbs. — Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) June 30, 2013 He put up 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points in in 46 games, to go along with 117 PIM. While most scouts tend to think Morin has limited offensive output, he …

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Live-blogging the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

Flyers Faithful is happy to be live-blogging the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with our two prospect experts in Tom Zulewski and Jared Abbott! For five months now, Tom and Jared have been covering the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from A(bbott) to Z(ulewski) bringing you prospect profiles, mock drafts, and top 30 prospect lists in preparation for this draft. A draft that is widely considered one of the best classes in recent memory. The draft begins on Sunday, June 30th at 3PM Eastern Time and Tom and Jared will be here live-blogging through the first three rounds. They will be offering …

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A look at the goaltending market this offseason

With the trade of Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs the Flyers lost out on a goaltender that I am personally a very big fan of. I think that Bernier is the real deal, and I would have loved to have been able to acquire him. Naturally, if that acquisition were to have happened, an Ilya Bryzgalov compliance buyout would have been inevitable. I am in favor of buying out Bryzgalov simply because of his contract. I’m a numbers and salary cap guy and I think it is absolutely crucial that he leave. While the Flyers could wait another …

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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …

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Does the Raffl signing have any implications for Read, Schenn, or Couturier?

It seems a bit silly to think that the signing of a 24 year old who was “only” playing in the second-best league in Sweden might affect what the Flyers choose to do with some of their other young players; namely Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier. However, I can’t help but wonder if this means the Flyers would consider trading one of their young forwards. I know I’m not alone, as Charlie O’Connor of The Hockey Guys recently expressed a similar thought. First and foremost, I’d like to state that this is purely my opinion and there is …