An open letter to Paul Holmgren II

Hey Paul, I hope you’re doing well. Did you get my last letter? I understand if you haven’t had time to read it. After all, you’ve been a busy man. I’m writing you again today to express another concern of mine. In recent years, you’ve made Scottie Upshall cry, shocked R.J. Umberger, broke Simon Gagne’s heart, saw Nikolay Zherdev escape giddily after being waived, and sent Jeff Carter into seclusion. Including Joffrey Lupul, you’ve signed three players to significant deals and traded them before the no-trade clause kicked in. You also shipped out at least that many players who were …

Flyers draft Petr Placek

With the 176th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers select winger Peter Placek from The Hotchkiss School, a prep school in Connecticut. Birthdate: December 28, 1992 Birthplace: Rakovnik, Czech Height: 6’4″ Weight: 210lbs. Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing This past season, Placek posted 13 points (7G, 6A) in 8 games for The Hotchkiss School, where he was a co-captain of the Bearcats. In the 2010 season, the Czech native had 32 points (16G, 16A) in 24 games. He lead the team in goal scoring that season. As a 15-year old, he played for HC Kladno U18 and scored …

Flyers draft Marcel Noebels

With the 118th pick in the 2011 draft, Flyers select forward Marcel Noebels of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. Birthdate: March 14, 1992 Birthplace: Tonisvorst, Germany Height: 6’2″ Weight: 205lbs Position: Wing Shoots: Left Noebels posted 54 points (28G, 26A) in 66 games in his rookie season for the Thunderbirds. He also played for Germany at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship this past season. He posted 3 points (1G, 2A) in 6 games there. Noebels was named the Thunderbirds’ player of the week on September 24. At the WJC, he was named the U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team. At …

Flyers draft Nick Cousins

With the 68th pick in the 2011 draft, the Flyers selected center, Nick Cousins, from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Birthday: Jul 20, 1993 From: Belleville, ONT Height: 5’10″ Weight: 166lbs Shoots: Left Last season, Cousins posted 68 points in 68 games, split between a team-high 29 goals and 39 assists. His point total was second highest on the team. Cousins posted 5 points (4G, 1A) in 7 games for Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championships. Central Scouting had Cousins ranked at 71st overall among North American skaters. He has good offensive upside but needs to work on his two-way …

Hypothetically speaking: 2012 Phantoms edition

The Phantoms roster could look something like this next season: Read – Schenn – Testwuide Wellwood – Pither Couturier – Holmstrom Zolnierczyk Ranford – Kalinski – Akeson Rowe – Sestito – Rinaldo Marshall – Gustafsson Bourdon – Lauridsen Manning – Jancevski Bobrovsky Leighton Backlund Q: Are you crazy? What’s up with that fourth line? Where’s player X? I love player X! A: This is just a premature, quick and dirty concept to illustrate the newfound depth in the organization. I’m not actually advocating these should be the lines or the roster at this point. Step back from the edge. Everything will be …