Bill Meltzer shares his thoughts on Joacim Eriksson, Europeans, and more

Bill Meltzer writes about the Flyers for hockeybuzz.com and is a contributing writer for NHL.com. Follow him on twitter @billmeltzer. The Flyers haven’t drafted anyone out of Europe in the past two drafts. In total they have only drafted two players out of Europe in the past 5 drafts. However, they do take Europeans that play in North America. Do you feel they are strategically avoiding drafting prospects out of Europe? What are your thoughts on such a strategy if it exists? I don’t they are so much specifically avoiding drafting from Europe as they are prioritizing players they think …

Is Paul Holmgren still the right man for the job?

Paul Holmgren is a bold man, sure of what he wants and unflinching in his actions. He is willing to pay extra to beat the surge of activity to get his man. As a result, he’s built a team capable — in theory and in his own mind — of competing for the Stanley Cup. However, these actions are adding up and taking an increasing toll on a team that put its eggs in one basket for the 2011 season. That ultimately-failed course has been run, and the team did not win the Cup, yet again, and it is now …

Prospect Profiles: Simon Bertilsson

Photo courtesy of brynas.se Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left Height: 6.0″ Weight: 198 Birthdate: April 19, 1991 Age: 20 Hometown: Karlskoga, Sweden Acquired: 2009 3rd round pick – 87th overall  “Bertilsson has good size and a decent shot and adds good puck movement and distribution skills to a strong skating base to create a very dynamic package for a defender. He is calm with the puck and often makes strong intelligent decisions.” – International Scouting Service Simon Bertilsson spent most of the 2008-2009 season split between Brynas IF’s J20 junior team and their senior roster. The normally defensive minded defender finished …

Hitting the posts: 12.17.10

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Pronger’s injury is sill a mystery :: Philly.com Checking in with VUKOTA :: Broad Street Hockey Pens/Flyers most-watched game in history of Versus :: Puck the Media Zherdev making a case to stay in the lineup :: NHL Hot Stove Carter, JvR, and Zherdev rip through the Habs :: The 700 Level Why Jody Shelley will/should sit tomorrow :: Broad Street Hockey Cool Matrix: Flyers Ice Habs :: Flyers …

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