Obviously, Coach Hakstol’s system isn’t going to be learn or optimized in a couple of days, so you can expect improvements as the season goes on.
There was much speculation when Provorov – the player the Flyers had hoped would still be on the board when their pick came up at #7 – was available that they not only felt he was an impact player for the future, but he would also be able to be plugged in on the present blue line. The Flyers’ top prospect (based on his play against the New York Islanders Monday night) has to be forward Travis Konecny. “A lot of hockey sense”.
“I’m very happy that I’ve got two good options with the Phantoms or Flyers”, Morin said last week.
General manager Ron Hextall impressed his confidence in coach Hakstol between the two contests. “I’m just going to keep working hard and see what happens”.
The 6-foot-7 behemoth blueliner ended up playing last season for Team Canada on the World Junior Championship gold medal team and went to the playoffs with Rimouski.
These three cuts bring the Flyers’ training camp roster down to 55 players. “I think it was a good experience”.
That said, the club did acquire former Buffalo first-rounder Nikita Zadorov in the Ryan O’Reilly trade, and has a talented offensive defenseman in Tyson Barrie, who finished eighth among National Hockey League d-men in scoring (53 points) past year . It’s a fresh start, a new start.
The Flyers’ roster now stands at 35 after Wednesday’s cuts. Goalies Connor Knapp, Martin Oullette and Anthony Stolarz are also AHL bound with forwards Brandon Alderson, Cole Bardreau, Tyrell Goulbourne, Taylor Leier, Danick Martel, Dereck Mathers, Petr Straka, Pavel Padakin, Michael Parks and Jay Rosehill.
Three of the most exciting young prospects in camp in camp have been cut.
– Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov both impressed again in the game last night, with both of them notching assists in the game. Tuesday night against the New York Rangers, Gostisbehere notched a pair of goals.
His English is getting better, coach Dave Hakstol and Medvedev’s teammates say.
Konecny continues to awe us all, as his grit and skill have yet to disappear from his game. Johnson was a pending UFA and would’ve been one of the more sought-after blueliners on the open market; with him locked up, Colorado now has a top defenseman for the forseeable future.
They’ll play out the year in juniors… which is not the worst option, considering that none of them are eligible for the AHL. Thursday will tell the next chapter of the story.
So far, there haven’t been many shockers as to how the puzzle has been put together.