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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 …

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2013 Year in Review: Sean Couturier

The simple answer as to whether Sean Couturier had a good 2013 season would be no. If you look at his general statistics, Couturier had a poor year. However, when grading Philly’s first-round pick in 2011 one should consider these things: his defensive play, a possible sophomore slump, and the expectations for him following the 2012 playoffs. When you consider these things for Couturier’s overall 2013 rating, did he really have that poor of a season? Let’s starts with his point production. In 45 games, Couturier finished with just four goals and posted 11 helpers. He also produced 10 PIMs …

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Around the Net June 4 2013: Bruins maul Pens, Flyers sign prospects

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. In case you missed it… Flyers sign two prospects: [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] NHL Playoffs Bruins destroy Pens, make me happy: [Philly.com] [Puck Daddy] Go see Dom Brown destroy the rest of baseball. Get Philadelphia Phillies tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the NHL. 

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Portland Winterhawks Nicolas Petan is a diminutive giant

When will NHL scouts learn that size isn’t everything? Too often scouts and analysts use physical stature as a benchmark for NHL-caliber talent. Yet, each year small players thrive in hockey’s most physically demanding league and defy the odds. This season was no exception in the Western Hockey League. The Portland Winterhawks were the league champs this season thanks to a loaded lineup with a multitude of current NHL draft picks and more to come in the 2013 NHL Draft. Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the most unlikely package. Standing tall at 5’9” and weighing in at 165-pounds soaking …

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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. …