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Then and Now: Nikolay Zherdev

Many of the biggest names in today’s NHL were selected in the first round of the 2003 draft. After Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, and Nathan Horton were picked with the first three overall picks, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Nikolay Zherdev. Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, and Ryan Suter were the next three players to be picked after Zherdev, as the group of Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Brian Boyle, and Corey Perry were also taken in the opening round of the draft 10 years ago. …

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2013 Year in Review: Mike Knuble

If there is any question as to whether or not Mike Knuble had a productive season with the Philadelphia Flyers, one just has to take into consideration where the forward was after the Orange and Black were blanked by the New Jersey Devils on January 22. With just three goals in their first three games, the Flyers reached out to Knuble, who was playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and signed him before the weekend. After the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers two days later, Knuble joined the Orange and Black in Florida for …

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Podcast Episode 65: Two Weeks

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful podcast, Steve and Hal discuss the 2013 playoffs to this point, look at the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals matchup between the Bruins and Blackhawks, the Rangers firing of John Tortorella, the Penguins difficulties in the Eastern Conference Finals, and muse about the inevitably absurd Flyers offseason. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 65 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can also download the Flyers Faithful Podcast from iTunes here!  If you’re enjoying the show via iTunes we would appreciate …

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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 …

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Then and Now: Denis Gauthier

The 2013 Eastern Conference Finals will put the Boston Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wade Redden will try and help Boston’s blue line slow down Pittsburgh’s offensive crew, which includes former Calgary Flame Jarome Iginla. Both Redden and Iginla were picked in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft, as Redden went second overall behind Bryan Berard and Iginla went 11th overall to the Dallas Stars. Nine picks after Iginla the Calgary Flames picked Denis Gauthier. After being named to the QMJHL All-Star team and winning the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy for QMJHL’s best defenseman in 1995-1996, Gauthier went …