Ryan Potulny practices with the big club
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03-30-2006, 03:54 PM
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Potulny Takes Part in First Flyers Practice
Flyers prospect Ryan Potulny, who inked a two-year deal with the club on Wednesday, was already in town and taking part in his first practice.
Hitchcock was immediately impressed, and did not rule out using the 21-year old in case of emergency.
“As he moves along into next week we’ll take a hard look at him. One day out there, I’ve got to tell you, he looks like a very smart, skilled player,” said Hitchcock.
“The puck follows him around the rink. You don’t score 40 goals in college by accident and have the numbers he’s had. He has a gift around the net, and we saw some of that in practice today. If he looks like he can help us, there’s no hesitation on our part putting him in.”
Potulny knows some of the younger players in the locker room due to summer rookie camps that the Flyers hold every offseason.
“I had a chance to play with those guys in a couple summers camps a couple years ago so I know them a little bit,” he said. “It’s fun for me to have some of the younger guys here, and I can relate to them a little better. Carter already came up and asked me to hang out, so maybe he can show me the ropes a little bit. It’s nice to have those guys here.”
Umberger, himself a product of the NCAA, remembers what it was like.
“It’s an awkward feeling but at the same time it’s an exciting feeling,” said Umberger. He’s going to start a long career.”
Will play if there is an emergency. The fact that, while he hasn’t played that bad as of late, Brian Savage is playing should signal an emergency. Brashear has also played very well. What do they do with him come playoff time. I think someone said Radio is hurt and that is why he is not playing. Who sits come playoff time?
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