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The Phantoms player I’m most interested to follow during the lockout may surprise you

In three seasons covering the Adirondack Phantoms, only two players made me stop and say, “Wow.” Brayden Schenn and Matt Read belonged in a different league from their first shifts. Instead of rookies, they looked like 16-year-olds with forged birth certificates who faked their way into some 13-and-under house league. They were the only sure things. And you didn’t need to be a hockey genius to see it. If you asked me, however, who was the third most impressive forward I covered, I bet you’d be surprised by the answer. This time last year, Matt Ford was a third-liner for the …

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The Downside of the “Big” Guys Playing for the “Small” Club

As the chances of the lockout coming to an end anytime soon get smaller and smaller, NHL players are flocking to other teams left and right. Some are going overseas to play in European leagues, while others have the opportunity to play for their team’s AHL affiliate, such as a few of the Flyers. I touched briefly on the downside of having NHL players joining other teams abroad in last week’s Point/Counterpoint, but now I’m going to focus on the effect it may have on players in the minors. The AHL is a stepping stone, the last stop before a …

Eric Wellwood

Bruise or Bust: Filling the Forwards Pt. 2

Last time, we looked at some of the guys on the Flyers roster that might be vying for the 12th and final spot within the forward group. With half of the list already complete, it’s time to complete the list and breakdown who might have the upper hand. Zac Rinaldo: 66 NHL GP, 9 pts, 232 PIM, 22 yrs old, 5-11 / 169 lbs Rinaldo spent most of his rookie season with the Flyers, accumulating 232 penalty minutes in the process – just 3 shy of the league lead, despite averaging the third fewest time on ice per game amongst …

Tom Sestito

Bruise or Bust – Filling out the Forwards

When cross-referencing the Flyers official roster on their website with Capgeek’s breakdown it looks like there are six forwards that will be vying for the final 2 spots within the 12-man forward committee. So who would you like to see filling out the bottom of the bench to provide the occasional spark for your team (assuming there is a season)? Let’s take a look at some of the candidates. The list (by alphabetical short name order – how weird is that?): Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito, Zac Rinaldo, Eric Wellwood, Jody Shelley, Harry Zolnierczyk Ben Holmstrom: 7 NHL GP (over 2 …

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The Flyers’ next breakout star

Come October, barring a lockout, I will be starting my first full year with this wonderful website, Flyers Faithful. Due to the fact that I came on board midway through last season, I never had the chance to focus on the offseason and choose my breakout players. Well, my friends, it’s time I show ya what I can offer. There are many players for whom I feel could be breakout players for the Flyers, and I’ll do my best to make note of them throughout the rest of the offseason, but there is one player who I feel will become …