Brennan (second from left) with his teammates, winners of the second-annual Flyers Faithful Roller Hockey Tournament

Local Boy and NHLer TJ Brennan Goes Back to His Roots For a Good Cause

On Saturday, June 1, Flyers Faithful hosted its second-annual Roller Hockey Tournament at the rinks at Wesley Bishop Park in Moorestown, NJ. Local product TJ Brennan, currently playing in the NHL for the Florida Panthers, participated for the second straight year, and was kind enough to speak with Flyers Faithful during the tournament about growing up in the area, his team’s chances, and some of his experiences from during his professional career. Can you tell me what it was like growing up in the area and now representing South Jersey in the NHL? It’s been great. New Jersey, especially South …

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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 …

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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 One

Leading up to the draft Jared Abbott and I will be putting out several iterations of a first round mock. As the draft order becomes finalized and teams’ rosters begin to take shape it will surely effect the projected picks. Of course, there is always the possibility of trades as well, which could dramatically alter the mock. I have made some significant changes to my picks from my first mock draft. Here is my first mock and here is Jared’s. Additionally, here is Jared’s revised mock draft. Also check out my Top 30 List as well as Jared’s Top 30. …

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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 …