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09-14-2011, 03:45 PM
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Blake Kessel signs ELC; Adam Mair has a tryout

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#Flyers have signed defenseman Blake Kessel to an entry-level contract, according to GM Paul Holmgren.

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He knew the question was coming - the same question that fellow prospect Eric Wellwood answered ad nauseam about his older brother, Jets forward Kyle Wellwood, last fall when he broke into the NHL with the Flyers.

If the name sounds familiar, Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Maple Leafs All-Star Phil Kessel. But his last name isn't what is going to win him a job in pro hockey.

Kessel, 22, knows that the deck is stacked against him. He is in this week's Flyers rookie camp - and full training camp, which begins on Saturday - on a tryout contract. Most years, on most teams, that wouldn't mean much.

With the Flyers, it has an entirely different meaning.

The Flyers are at the NHL's 50 contract limit, meaning they cannot sign or add any more players to their organization without first freeing up a spot. Sources said they are expected to reduce that number to 49 later this week when former draft pick Joonas Lehtivuori, who left the Phantoms midway through last year to return to Europe, is released from his contractual obligations.

But that would only make room for one player. And veteran Michael Nylander, who racked up more than 200 career points alongside new Flyer Jaromir Jagr, is also in town on a strictly tryout basis to see if the two can rekindle their magic.

It is the same reason why No. 8 overall pick Sean Couturier, who has yet to sign a deal, remains a long shot to make the team. Couturier likely will end up back in Quebec for a fourth season of junior hockey.

And the Flyers also have a tryout offer extended to former Devils forward Adam Mair, though he has not yet responded to let the team know he will attend.

"I do feel a little pressure, but it's a good thing," Kessel said yesterday. "I think you need to put a little pressure on yourself to get the best out of yourself. Whatever happens, it will be a good experience either way just getting playing time with these guys.

"I'm going to see guys that I've always watched on TV."|PHI|home

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6'2'', 205-pound defenseman Blake Kessel to an entry level contract, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Kessel (22, 4/13/89) spent last season with the University of New Hampshire of the Hockey East Conference in the NCAA where he recorded five goals and 22 assists for 27 points in 39 regular season games.

He was named Hockey East First All-Star Team and NCAA East First All-American Team in 2010-11.

He played the last three seasons at UNH, the first of which was as a teammate of Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk.
Season/Team/LeagueReg. SeasonPlayoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 59 11 27 38 38 12 9 1 5 6 8
2007-08 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 59 19 38 57 26 2 11 1 10 11 12
2008-09 U. of New Hampshire H-East 37 6 7 13 24---- --
2009-10 U. of New Hampshire H-East 38 10 28 38 28----- -
2010-11 U. of New Hampshire H-East 39 5 22 27 32------

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