Maxim Lamarche has been signed by the Flyers.  Photo is courtesy of http://www.lechodelaval.ca.

Flyers sign defensive prospect Lamarche

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Defenseman Maxim Lamarche from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The news was announced by Mikael Lalancette from TVA Sports. Maxim Lamarche s'entend avec les Flyers. Contrat à deux volets. #grossesaison — Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancette) May 30, 2013 The 20-year old has played the last four seasons with Baie-Comeau Drakkar.  The Flyers signed him as a free agent to a two-way deal.  At 6’ 2” and 218 pounds he can surely help the Flyers in rebuilding a woeful blue line from last year. Coming off of his best year in the QMJHL, Lamarche had 9 …

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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 …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Is Rimouski’s Frederik Gauthier the next Keith Primeau?

Keith Primeau was one of the greatest leaders the NHL has ever seen. He shined for years with the Philadelphia Flyers, while being regarded as one of the most dominant two-way centers in the league. His leadership and post as the commander of the Flyers epitomized the hard-nosed, blue-collar spirit that Philly holds dear. Big-bodied centers with good hands and a strong hockey I.Q. are not easy to find. That’s why there is only one Keith Primeau. But a young, 6’5” 210-pound center from the province of Quebec may be developing into a Primeau-eque mold. Frederik Gauthier hails from the …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Anthony Mantha, from the Valley of Gold to the City of Brotherly Love?

It seems that Sean Couturier has become the popular comparison for NHL draft prospects eyeing a roster spot in their draft year. Tom Zulewski compared Sean Monahan to the Flyers’ forward, and others have raised associations between Couts and Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier. The latest to be linked to the former Drummondville Voltigeurs star is Anthony Mantha. Mantha and Couturier have nearly identical size, immediately drawing a link between the two players. Both also entered the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as pure scorers, who play to put the puck in the net. Couturier altered his game to …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Mock Draft Two

Breakdown by League: QMJHL – 8 OHL – 8 WHL – 7 USHL – 2 SM-liiga – 2 SEL – 2 KHL – 1   1. COL – Seth Jones, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Jones is one of the most complete and exciting prospects we’ve seen in years. His combination of size, smarts, mobility, and puck-handling skills are unmatched by any player in this draft and previous drafts. He is a generational talent with the ability to anchor the blue line at an All-Star level for a decade. Jones is the closest thing to a sure bet as a prospect …

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