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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …

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Then and Now: Steve Downie

Steve Downie was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 29th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, as he was picked right after the Dallas Stars selected Matt Niskanen and four picks before they took James Neal. The feisty forward hasn’t exactly panned out in the NHL, but he has been serviceable for every team he has suited up for since joining the league. Downie made his debut for the Flyers’ organization by playing in a Philadelphia Phantoms’ game in 2006-2007 before he saw significant time with both the squads during the 2007-2008 campaign. The forward played …

Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers

Around the Net 06.26.2012

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. A look back at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and the JVR trade A few recaps of the draft for the Flyers and around the NHL: [Broad Street Hockey] [Hockeybuzz] [The Checking Line] [NHL.com] Super Schenn Brothers The trade that was rumored last year finally happened:[Broad Street Hockey] [The 700 Level] [CSN Philly] So, you want to be a free agent? Will the Flyers sign a big time free agent come July 1st? [Hockeybuzz] [Philly.com] That’s all for this …

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Flyers draft Valeri Vasiliev

This is the only photo I could find of Flyer draft pick defenseman Valeri Vasiliev. There was another Valeri Vasiliev,a legendary defenseman from the 70′s and 80′s but he passed recently. I believe our Valeri is the guy on the left. Some thoughts on Vasiliev from OilersJambalaya.com: Vasiliev spent last season skating in the Russian MHL with MHC Spartak. The 18-year-old defenseman already has a man’s body and is regarded as a physical force by scouts. Quality skater with average offensive instincts but makes very good decisions and plays a basic game. Vasiliev should be worth a Top 100 pick, but …

Reece Willcox

Flyers draft Reece Willcox

With the 141st pick in the 2012 NHL Entry draft, the Philadelphia Flyers select Reece Willcox of the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL. The 6’2″, 185lb. right-handed defenseman posted 37 points in 105 total games in the BCHL.

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