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Who Could Be Coming to Camp?

Tuesday, 01.08.2013 / 8:34 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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Who Could Be Coming to Camp?

A lot of people have been asking me who the Flyers are going to bring to camp, if there are a couple roster spots that might be available for a camp battle, no matter how abbreviated, and who the organization is going to turn to to replace injured players.

So, I thought it best to provide a breakdown, by position, of the players who should be in camp next week and who might be fighting for a spot in the lineup.

Forwards

The Flyers will likely bring 15 forwards to camp with 12 starting spots and likely two reserve spots available on the roster.

The guys you know will be there are easy:

Scott Hartnell

Claude Giroux

Jake Voracek

Brayden Schenn

Danny Briere ***

Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read

Sean Couturier

Max Talbot

Ruslan Fedotenko

- Briere has the asterisks next to his name because he has an injured wrist and could miss time in camp and the beginning of the season.

The next seven names are where things get interesting:

Eric Wellwood

Zac Rinaldo

Jody Shelley

Tom Sestito

Harry Zolnierczyk

Tye McGinn

Scott Laughton

Yes, you read Laughton's name there. I know G.M. Paul Holmgren told the media it was unlikely that he'd bring in a junior player with camp being so short, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Laughton there.

In talking with people in the organization who have watched Laughton play at Oshawa in the OHL this season, they are really impressed with his game and they think he could be NHL ready right now.

With that said, I think Laughton, the Flyers first round pick in last year's draft, has a shot to not only be at camp, but, much like Couturier last season, win a job on the team. People have asked me for a roster surprise, well, that's it in my opinion. Laughton makes the team.

Wellwood and Rinaldo should both make the team as well and Shelley will probably be in the same boat he was often last season - a healthy scratch who can fill out the roster in case of injury or be inserted when a game looks like it might get particularly physical.

McGinn is an interesting name.. He has impressed the Flyers brass with his growth into the role of a power forward this season with the Phantoms, and he'll get a look with the big club.

Sestito is a victim of bad luck once again - last year he looked like he was going to make the team out of camp, then was suspended for a hit in a preseason game and never really got a long look in the NHL.

This year, he is laid up with the mumps. That's right, the mumps. I haven't heard of anyone having the mumps since 1979. Maybe it's just me though.

Anyway, the mumps might keep him out of camp as well, which is where Zolnierczyk might get his chance.

Zolnierczyk has had a good season so far for the Phantoms in the AHL and because of that, he is likely the first call up from that team to replace a forward. With Briere's status uncertain and Sestito sick, he'll likely get the call to be here for camp, but I still think if everyone's healthy, he's the odd man out back to Adirondack.

Defense

The Flyers have depth at this position, but they are banged up. As such, the situation is tenuous at best as the Flyers hope to stay healthy on the back end so things don't go south quickly.

Here are the locks for the lineup:

Braydon Coburn

Nick Grossmann

Kimmo Timonen

Luke Schenn

Andrej Meszaros ***

Meszaros was cleared by doctors for full participation yesterday after offseason surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Holmgren believes Meszaros has to learn to trust the tendon now, which could take right up until the opener, which appears to be slated for Jan. 19. However barring a setback, I'd expect Meszaros in the lineup for the opener.

The Flyers will probably have three other defenseman in camp who will battle for the final starting spot:

Andreas Lilja

Bruno Gervais

Brandon Manning

Despite an up-and-down season so far for the Phantoms, I'd expect Manning will still be given a shot with the Flyers if, for no other reason, Erik Gustafsson continues to suffer from a bone bruise in his foot (although it sounds like it may be worse than originally diagnosed and he could be out for a bit) and Marc-Andre Bourdon hasn't been on the ice in over a month dealing with issues related to a concussion he suffered last season with the Flyers.

Unless Manning really impresses and wins that No. 6 spot, I think the Flyers would rather have him playing games than being a healthy scratch and will send him back to Adirondack, leaving the battle between Gervais and Lilja for playing time until Gustafsson is healthy.

Gustafsson is in town though and will be seen by Flyers doctors, which means the team probably plans on keeping him here the whole time and not send him back to Adirondack, unless it's for a rehab stint.

Goalies (2)

There's not much drama here. Ilya Bryzgalov is the starter. Michael Leighton is the backup. The Flyers won't bring in a third goalie for such a short camp. The only question that needs to play out here is just how many games Bryzgalov starts in a shortened, compacted schedule. If there's an injury, the first call up would likely be veteran Scott Munroe.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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