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2013 Year In Review: Matt Read

Matt Read came to Philadelphia as a 25-year old undrafted rookie from tiny Bemidji State University. At training camp, the small forward (all five-foot-ten, 185 pounds) began turning heads immediately, and rumors swirled that he would make the team for the 2011-2012 season. He did in fact make the Flyers, and registered 24 goals and 23 assists for 57 points. Those 24 goals were league leading amongst rookies, but he wasn’t even nominated for a Calder Trophy. Read entered his second professional season with the Flyers with the risk of a “sophomore slump” and worry that his late development would …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Updated (5/31) Mock Draft Two

There have been some changes from the time my last mock draft posted until now. The players who rose the most were Nikita Zadorov (London Knights; OHL) and Robert Hagg (Modo; Swedish Elite League). Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers; WHL) and Steven Santini (US U-18; USHL) were the biggest fallers in the first round. There are also two new faces in this mock draft: Robert Hagg (above) and Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets; WHL). The breakdown and full mock draft is below. You can find my first mock here, as well as Tom’s first mock. Additionally, here is Tom’s revised mock. …

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The Wedge, or how to continually fail in the business and still succeed

It’s a simple question that we all wrestle with from time to time. How do you know when you’ve “made it?” I’ve been credentialed with the Flyers on a steady basis with several outlets since 2005. I’ve worked in all levels of the game, from calling high school hockey in the Lower Bucks league for a radio station owned by Merrill Reese on up to throwing elbows with the best and the worst in the biz in a crowded, sweaty host locker room during a playoff series involving the Pittsburgh Penguins. My work has been published online in the United …

Maxim Lamarche has been signed by the Flyers.  Photo is courtesy of http://www.lechodelaval.ca.

Flyers sign defensive prospect Lamarche

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Defenseman Maxim Lamarche from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The news was announced by Mikael Lalancette from TVA Sports. Maxim Lamarche s'entend avec les Flyers. Contrat à deux volets. #grossesaison — Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancette) May 30, 2013 The 20-year old has played the last four seasons with Baie-Comeau Drakkar.  The Flyers signed him as a free agent to a two-way deal.  At 6’ 2” and 218 pounds he can surely help the Flyers in rebuilding a woeful blue line from last year. Coming off of his best year in the QMJHL, Lamarche had 9 …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 5: Semifinals Wrap-up, Williams Paves The Way

Justin Williams was responsible for the two goals in Game 7 that propelled the LA Kings to the Western Conference finals. Read on to learn how his other fellow Flyers have fared this postseason. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins win series 4-1 No former Flyers participated in this series. Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers* – Bruins win series 4-1 (This series did not begin until Week 2 of the second round) Jaromir Jagr: Week 2: Jagr failed to record a single point during the series against New York. He took four shots on goal in just over …