Overall view of the Philadelphia Flyers defensive prospects
Although critics may say otherwise, the blueline is now one of the Flyers organizational strengths. The difference was the 2001 draft. I think the current draft yielded at least 3 rearguards that may make the NHL with in 4 years. Before the draft, I thought the Flyers had average defensive talent, but now they have seem to have above-average talent system-wide.
In the system, Philadelphia has plenty of big defensive blue liners. At the draft, they added more rearguards that can skate and handle the puck. Bruno St. Jacques will be probably the first one of the prospects to make the Flyers. A lot of that, however, depends on what the Flyers get in return for Eric Lindros. Flyer fans can rest assured that defense will soon not be a problem any longer. While most of the regulars on the Flyers blueline are getting up there in age, the kids in the system should be ready to step up and play well by the time the current veterans are gone.
All-Star Traded in for Experienced Face-Off Man
Kyle Freadrich and Nils Ekman seem to have lost their place in the
organization, as they were traded to the New York Rangers on June 30th
for experienced centerman Tim Taylor.
seemed to be caught in a numbers game, but appeared to have proved his worth in
his 43 games with the Lightning throughout the 2000-01 season. A two-time IHL All-Star, Ekman tallied 9
goals and 11 assist while with Tampa and another 22 goals and 14 assists in 33
games with the Detroit Vipers (IHL).
only appeared in 13 games with the big club and suffered through an
injury-plagued season while in Detroit.
His notorious battle with Chicago heavyweight Ryan VandenBussche game
him a name late in the 1999-00 season, but he failed to keep the intimidation
factor going. He squared off when given
the opportunity, but never put on much of a show. With the acquisition of Matthew Barnaby and Gordie Dwyer still in
the ranks, Freadrich was quickly ousted from the tough-guy r Read more»
Former first round selection (1997), Robert Dome has agreed to a one year contract to play for the Penguins. Dome, who was touted as a talented prospect but never materialized, will get one last opportunity.
The 22 year old Slovak has made a habit of reporting to camp out of shape and has yet to produce at the level the Pens hoped he could. After a dispute with management a year ago, Dome chose to play for Kladno of the Czech Elite League. He posted 9 goals and 12 assists with 57 PIM in 29 appearances.
The 6’0″ 210lbs. Dome will have one last chance to make a positive impression on Penguins officials this fall.