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08-02-2012, 04:14 PM
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1. Lineup
Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek
Briere* - Schenn - Simmonds
Wellwood - Couturier - Read
Sestito** - Talbot***- Fedotenko
AHL call-ups: Zolniercyzk (W), Holmstrom (C, W)

Grossmann - Coburn
Timonen - Schenn
Meszaros - Gervais
AHL call-ups: Manning****, Bourdon****, Gustafsson****, Lauridsen****


Hartnell - Giroux - Simmonds
Timonen - Voracek

Briere - Couturier - Schenn
Meszaros - Read

Couturier - Read

Talbot - Fedotenko
Timonen - Meszaros

Giroux - Voracek/Wellwood
Schenn - (xxxxx)

* - I know Briere typically plays the C or RW, but he almost always scores from the left side. Probably isn't where he ends up, but that's where I think he should be for increased scoring and decreased defensive responsibility
** - Sestito is a toss up with Rinaldo, also Talbot may be there if a legitimate 4C is signed

*** - Talbot may move is a legit 4C is signed.

**** - its generally agreed upon on the Flyers board that all 4 of these players COULD fit onto the NHL roster this season in a 5/6/7/8 d-man role, they have the ability to do so. But with Terry Murray recently signed as the AHL head coach, we feel it'd be in their best interest to play a season+ under him.

2. Top Players

1. Claude Giroux - C/RW from Hearst, ONT. 5'10" 175ish. Compared as a smaller Forsberg at a young age, though many thought it a stretch, we're starting to see it may not be. Unbelievable hands and vision, can score goals if wants/needs to, and will crush you if you're not suspecting it. Still raw defensively, but the effort is there.

2. Scott Hartnell - Went from hated to loved in 1 season thanks for some HBO cameras, NHLPA tablets, a twitter hastag, and Claude Giroux. Strong shot, team leader, hits hard, fights, falls a lot.

3. Sean Couturier - Became a fan favorite before the season even started. As the season grew older and Couts got passed his 9-game "tryout", his speed and physicality picked up, as well as his scoring touch. Despite being stuck on the 4th line most of the season, he made the most of his opportunities. Within the first 30 games of the season, was being called the "best defensive player on the team" by Laviolette, killing penalties, facing top players, and closing out games against 6 on 5 attacks.

HM 1. Playoff Danny Briere - Underwhelming for most of the season, he turns his offense up. His defense remains non-existent.
HM 2. Angry Braydon Coburn - Angry Braydon Coburn shows flashes of being a #1 d-man. Snarly, physical, and smart with the puck...he stands out above all other defensemen on the team. Normal Brayden Coburn seems like a soft, turnover machine destined for a #3 defense spot.
HM 3. Kimmo Timonen - Rock Solid, one of the toughest players in the league. Often targeted for big hits, and blocking bombs from the point, he's always back out for his next shift...only to undergo surgery after surgery after the playoffs. Very calming presence on the defense with a lot of question marks (hence why I see him with Schenn)
HM 4. The Schenn Brothers - We may have a legitimate use for the nickname "bash brothers" (claiming the idea as mine now). Both are hard-nosed, gritty, heavy hitting players with plenty of skill. A lot will be expected out of both Schenns this season.

3. Wants
a.) bona-fide #1 defenseman, preferably young (Weber, OEL, etc.)
b.) 4th line faceoff winning center. PK, playoff stud a plus (Dom Moore)
c.) Elite 1st line winger for Giroux. Hence the shopping this offseason (Parise, Ryan, Nash)
d.) Solid back-up goalie. We have Michael Leighton. MFL (Biron, Harding, Lindback, Boucher)

4. Surplus
a.) Centers
b.) young defensemen (5-6 dman ceiling)
c.) unnecessary enforcers

Trade Bait (in order of trade likelihood)
Marc-Andre Bourdon, D
Andrej Meszaros, D
Matt Read, C, W
Erik Gustafsson, D
Nick Cousins, C
Scott Laughton, C
Jody Shelley, W
Wayne Simmonds, W

5. Prospects/pos/ETA best case - worst case

Scott Laughlin, C, 1-3 seasons
Gritty two-way Centerman. Mike Richards ceiling. 2012 1st round

Nick Cousins, C, 0-2 seasons
small, skilled pest. Brad Marchand ceiling. 2011 3rd round

Niko Hovinen, G, 1-2 seasons
Huge Finnish goaltender. Lindback ceiling, possibly higher? 2006 5th round (MIN), FA signing 2011.

Brandon Manning, D, 0-2 seasons
Gritty, smart leader on defense. Stands up for teammates, some skill. More physical Chris Campoli ceiling

Erik Gustafsson, D, 0-1 seasons
Quick, tough, smart offensive d-man. Plenty of NHL experience already

Marc-Andre Bourdon, D, 0-1 seasons
tough, two way defender. Willing to drop the gloves. Concussion issues

Marcel Noebels, C/W, 1-3+ seasons
two-way forward with some skill. Andreas Nodl ceiling, maybe with more scoring

Oliver Lauridsen, D, 0-2 seasons
"The Great Dane" is a massive, heavy-hitting defensive d-man (6'6" 230+). Skating and puck-moving issues have kept him out of the NHL and AHL top-pairings, though hard work over the summer has drawn a lot of attention.

Ben Holmstrom, (C/W), 0-1 seasons
His door of opportunity is closing fast. Given the chance to grab the 4C spot last year, he failed. Will likely be given the same opportunity this season before Cousins, Noebels, and Laughton are at his heels. Very gritty two way center with a knack for getting under his opponents skin. AHL captain, stands up for teammates.

Andrew Johnston, (LW), 1-4 seasons
Absolute wildcard. Great skill, but size and level of competition a question mark. Impressed at recent rookie camps

Jason Akeson, (C,W), 0-2 seasons
Another player with the door closing on them. Phenomenal vision and playmaking ability, but is undersized, and puts forth questionable effort at times. Inept defensively.

Shayne Gostisbehere (D), 2-4 seasons
Playing at Union College. Drafted by Flyers in the 2012 draft, opened a lot of eyes at rookie camp right off the bat. Considered by many, along with Manning, to be the cream of the crop at that rookie camp defensively.

6. Strengths
a.) Offense/Scoring
b.) Grit/toughness
c.) Coaching, Winning Pedigree

7. Weaknesses
a.) Goaltending
b.) Team defense (defense, backchecking, goaltending)
c.) Inability to grow talent from within/lack of patience

8. Draft Picks
Not positive, I think all or most are surprisingly intact, but that won't last passed the trade deadline with Holmgrean

9. Cap Situation
About $4m+ to spare before cap bonuses and Chris Pronger's contract being LTIR'd..which will leave us about $7-8m in space. Unprecedented in Flyerdom

10. Season projection
2nd in the Atlantic, 4 in conference. Another dogfight with the Rangers and Pens, finishing behind NY and ahead of Pittsburgh. Could make an ECF run, SC run hinges on Bryz, the defense, and health....things that haven't gone the Flyers way in a loooooong time.

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