NEWARK, N.J. – Tyler Amorosa said he was focused on the big draft board here at Prudential Center every time three teams came up to pick – the Flyers, Minnesota and Dallas.
“I thought I would be picked, if I was lucky, in the sixth or seventh round,” Amorosa said. “To be chosen in the fifth round is unbelievable and humbling.”
Amorosa is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and marked the third defenseman selected by the Flyers at pick No. 132 in the fifth round.
Amorosa, 18, is a left-hand shooting defenseman who played last season for Holderness Prep in New Hampshire.
The Montreal native will play next season for Sioux City in the USHL.
In round six, the Flyers took goaltender Merrick Madsen from Proctor Academy. The selection was No. 162 overall.
Madsen, 18, a California native, is 6-foot-4 and will play for Des Moines in the USHL next season before heading to Harvard University in 2014-15.
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NEWARK, N.J. – Tyler Goulbourne earned an interesting nickname from the Flyers scouting staff.
“They called him ‘Z2,’” said Paul Holmgren. “He plays just like Zac.”
Of course, he was talking about Zac Rinaldo, the Flyers bowling ball and agitator on the ice.
Goulbourne, 19, a left wing on the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, was selected by the Flyers in the third round, No. 72 overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
NEWARK, N.J. – Robert Hagg has seen Peter Forsberg hanging around the Modo Hockey Club in Sweden. He now has something to ask him.
What’s Philadelphia like?
Hagg, 18, a 6-2, 204-pound defenseman was the Flyers second round pick, No. 41 overall.
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NEWARK, N.J. – Not many people can stand next to Chris Pronger and look him in the eye.
Samuel Morin can.
Ever since he was a little kid, Morin hoped he would one day have the opportunity to do just that with his idol.
That opportunity came Sunday when he met Pronger on the biggest day of his life.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
A day after the Flyers announced that they are buying out the remaining seven years of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's contract, Chairman Ed Snider gave a brief statement about the Flyers uses of the amnesty exception.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The Flyers used the second of their two compliance buyout options today, parting ways with Bryzgalov after just two seasons.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
We are officially one week from the draft. The offseason is flying by.
O.K., maybe it’s not. It’s been two long months since we had any Flyers hockey and we have three more months-plus to go before we see a Flyers game that matters.
But, in the interim we have days like next Sunday as we try to see how the Flyers are going to be reshaped into a contender once again.
A lot of times that starts with the NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers have a great pick at No. 11 in what is a deep draft. The last time they picked No. 11 they selected Jeff Carter in 2003, also a deep draft. So, it’s safe to say the odds are better than most years that the Flyers are going to land an impact player next week.
Will they stay at No. 11? Well, there’s a lot of speculation about that as well. There’s been all kinds of buzz about moving up, or trading the pick for an established player. Either way, general manager Paul Holmgren’s iPhone is going to be blowing up next Sunday and he and his staff are going to have to decide what the best course of action might be.
We have seven days until we find out. Until then, there are mock drafts aplenty out on the Interwebs telling you who each team is going to take and why.
I figured, why not throw my hat into that ring?
I like the prediction biz, even if I’m only average at best at it, but it’s still fun for discussion purposes, and of course for bragging rights.
We’ve ran a bunch of predictions in recent weeks from our colleagues at NHL.com who put an inordinate amount of time into studying this draft. Those guys did a nice job.
Now here’s a mini-mock draft (first 11 picks) from me, a guy who knows a lot less than those NHL.com experts, but likes to think he can read tea leaves a whole lot better.
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I'm sure you all want to hear from Danny Briere... and we'll get to what he had to say in a minute.
But before I do, I want to weigh in on a couple things real quick.
1. I think Danny Briere will sign a one-year deal to play somewhere (max two years, but I'm betting he's leaning toward one) that will be for an affordable price and will be a situation where he's guaranteed a top-9 role on a team that can contend for a Stanley Cup and isn't ridiculously far from his home in New Jersey.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
In case you missed it, the Flyers traded Shane Harper and a 2014 fourth round pick to the New York Islanders today for defenseman Mark Streit.
Streit, 35, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, so the Flyers have a little more than three weeks to work out a deal with him before he can test the market.
However, after talking to Streit today, I get the sense that it won't take that long.
Below is a transcription of my interview with Streit, who is back home in Switzerland. He sure sounds like a guy who is ready to commit to playing for the Flyers and isn't looking to necessarily hit that free agent market.
In other words, this isn't the same as when the Flyers tried the same thing with Dan Hamhuis a couple summers ago...
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There are 54 scribes in the writer’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, recipients of the Elmer Ferguson Award recognizing excellence in hockey journalism.
Of the 54, none have ever worked covering the Philadelphia Flyers.
That will change next Fall.
Long-time Flyers beat writer Jay Greenberg, who covered the team for 14 years (1975-1989) for both the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin and eventually the Philadelphia Daily News, will become the 55th member of that exclusive club, voted as the 2013 recipient of the Ferguson Award by a bloc of his peers in the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association.(Click "Full Story") for more...