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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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Former Flyers Watch, Week 6: Conference Finals Begin, Jagr Comes Alive

It took a while, but Jaromir Jagr finally found a spark and has scored three points in his last two games. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared in Week 6. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins – Bruins lead series 3-0 Jaromir Jagr: After going six straight games without recording a point, Jagr finally found a spark and has three points (all assists)  in his last two games against Pittsburgh. His work along the boards – battling Evgeni Malkin for the puck and winning – was a key part of the game-winning goal for Boston in …

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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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Former Flyers Watch, Week 4 (Round 2): Sharp’s Streak Ends, Point-Per-Game Series for Richards & Carter

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are having quite the series against San Jose, both recording five points in five games. Read on to see how the rest of their fellow former Flyers are faring in Round 2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins lead series 3-1 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers* – Bruins lead series 3-1 (This series did not begin until Week 2) Jaromir Jagr: Despite his team’s success thus far against the Rangers, Jagr has yet to do much for the Bruins. He has no points in four …

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Former Flyers Watch, Week 3: Round 1 Wrap-Up, Round 2 Begins, Sharp Continues to Shine

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp continues to have postseason success as the Blackhawks began their semifinals series against Detroit. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared heading into Round 2 of the playoffs. Round 2: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins lead series 1-0 No former Flyers are participating in this series. Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers The semifinals matchup between Boston and New York begins on Thursday night. Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Blackhawks lead series 1-0 Patrick Sharp: With a 3-point night in Game 1, Sharp was the breakout player for the …