This week in Vorhees Nj at the Flyers skate zone assembled were the first on-ice examples of the rebuild in the new era of orange. The Flyers hosted their annual developmental camp that gave them, and the fan base, a first look at the future of orange and black. This event, which is held after the NHL player draft gives the organization a first look at drafted, undrafted, and hopefuls looking to shape the future of Flyers hockey.
The camp which ran from July 2nd through July 6th gave the Flyers coaching staff, Flyers front office, and the Flyers fan base a firsthand look at what the future might hold for the franchise. It also provided a first look at the rebuild concept and the acceptance of that concept by the Flyers faithful. The fans packed the skate zone as they had in years past in anticipation of what the Flyers are doing to shape the future.
Summer Camp Fun
In attendance were Flyer’s draft picks Oliver Bonk and defenseman selected with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft. Carson Bjarnason a goalie chosen with the 51st overall pick, Denver Barkey a left-wing selected with the 95th overall pick, Alex Ciernik was chosen with the 120th overall pick, Devin Kaplin a right wing selected with the 69th overall pick, Cole Knuble a right-wing selected with the 103rd overall pick, Ryan Mcpherson a right-wing selected with the 172nd overall pick, and Matteo Mann a defenseman selected with the 199th overall pick. In short all but Matvei Michkov who the Flyers selected with the 7th overall pick were present for the camp.
Also, in attendance were Elliot Desnoyers, Bobby Brink, Tyson Forrester, Emil Andrae, Helge Grans, Zade Wisdom, and Alex Bump. Rounding out camp were several non-drafted or signed camp invitees. Missing from camp was the Flyers 2022 1st round 5th overall selection Cutter Gauthier who could not attend due to an agreement between the NHL and NCAA which prevents drafted players from attending back-to-back player development camps. Gauthier was present for last year’s camp.
The circumstances around Gauthier’s absence were made a bit concerning with Flyers GM Danny Briere commenting that he was not aware why Cutter declined the invitation. Was Briere unaware of the rule in place with the NHL and NCAA or is there something else to this? Gauthier recently committed to his second year at BC after stating last year that he would probably be a one-and-done with Boston College. The Flyers have until the 2026 NHL draft to sign Gauthier.
Time To Shine
Development camp is an exciting time for the Philadelphia Flyers and Flyers fans, especially more so as of late. Plenty of prospects, such as Tyson Foerster, Bobby Brink, and Emil Andrae, have legitimate shots at making the Flyers’ NHL roster in 2023. Bobby Brink and Tyson Foerster are both facing uphill battles to make the NHL roster strictly because of the Flyers’ roster composition. The Flyers already have righties, Owen Tippett, Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny, Wade Allison, Garnet Hathaway, and Tanner Laczynski on the roster. The former three are already established on the Flyers roster, which seems to leave Foerster and Brink competing for Allison’s spot. Laczynski is 26 now and has been in and out of the Flyers lineup and hasn’t earned regular minutes.
It was a great sign to see the Flyers complex in Vorhees Buzzing all week as the Flyers embraced the rebuild and the new era of orange. Time will tell everything else.
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