Photo: Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins (R) will likely begin his pro career with the Flyers’ AHL farm club, the Adirondack Phantoms (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
Last year, Nick Cousins entered training camp under a cloud of suspicion and with a tremendous weight on his shoulders. A year later, that cloud and the weight have been lifted and the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect has his focus squarely — and exclusively — on the ice.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers’ 2012 top pick Scott Laughton has already gotten a taste of NHL action, but he may have to wait another season to become a full-time pro player (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
With a deep core of centers at the NHL level, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton knows it’s going to be tough for him to crack the pro roster. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking every opportunity to study his competition.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, shown here competing at the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY, had a sampling of NHL preseason action before returning to the OHL’s London Knights for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Netminder Anthony Stolarz got a taste of “The Show”. And, while he was wearing a new uniform, he had the benefit of playing in familiar surroundings as the Philadelphia Flyers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game hosted at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON — a venue that’s also home to Stolarz’s OHL squad, the London Knights.
Photo: Selected 11th overall, Samuel Morin was one of four defensemen the Flyers selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The Philadelphia Flyers and General Manager Paul Holmgren used the team's six draft picks to accumulate size and toughness but also address areas of need within the organization. The team drafted a total of four defensemen, including Samuel Morin with the 11th overall selection, none of whom are shorter than 6'2. The Flyers also stayed true to their historical form by using their middle and late-round picks on players who are considered long-term projects.
Photo: Center Sean Couturier was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers eighth overall in 2011. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
A disappointing 2012-13 season for the Flyers has left an awkward situation in Philadelphia heading into the offseason. The struggles of the team seem to go hand-in-hand with the struggles of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Meanwhile, former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky recently won a Vezina Trophy with the Columbus Blue Jackets, less than a year removed from being traded out of Philadelphia.