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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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2013 Draft Eligibles: Edmonton Oil Kings Curtis Lazar’s strong second half improved draft status

This time one year ago Curtis Lazar was a surefire top-10 draft pick according to many scouts and draft pundits. This high praise was largely because of Lazar’s breakthrough playoff performance where he registered eight goals and 11 assists in 20 Western Hockey League playoff games. Lazar was a key reason why the Oil Kings won the WHL Championship last season and reached the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan. The Vernon, BC native’s first real impression on scouts came back at the 2011 Canada Winter Games where Lazar was a member of Team British Columbia U16. For those of you who …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 6: Conference Finals Begin, Jagr Comes Alive

It took a while, but Jaromir Jagr finally found a spark and has scored three points in his last two games. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared in Week 6. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins – Bruins lead series 3-0 Jaromir Jagr: After going six straight games without recording a point, Jagr finally found a spark and has three points (all assists)  in his last two games against Pittsburgh. His work along the boards – battling Evgeni Malkin for the puck and winning – was a key part of the game-winning goal for Boston in …

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2013 Year in Review: Nicklas Grossmann

After being acquired last season from the Dallas Stars for the playoff push, Nicklas Grossmann was poised to become a key member of the Philadelphia Flyers blue line as the 2013 season began. Without Chris Pronger and Matt Carle to rely on, it was Grossmann who was asked to step up the most as the veteran presence starting the year in the middle of the depth chart. When he played, the massive Swede seemed to deliver; but awards aren’t won when you can’t finish the race. If you had to describe the season of #8 in one word, ‘tumultuous’ might …

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Then and Now: Oskars Bartulis

In 2004, the Philadelphia Flyers handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a fifth-round pick and two sixth-round picks in the 2004 NHL Draft in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. The Bolts selected Brandon Elliott, Jan Zapletal, and Karri Ramo with the picks Philly made in the deal. The Orange and Black took defenseman Oskars Bartulis with the final pick in the third round. The only Latvian player to date to play for the Flyers, Bartulis spent a season with the Moncton Wildcats and a season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL before he played for …