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11-19-2010, 11:45 AM
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Another one I want to mention is patrick juhlen. Thought he was going to play wing with Lindros for 10 years. Had a great 94 olympics. Never panned out.

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I had hoped for much more from Pitkanen. All the tools were there.

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- We never gave Denis Seidenberg a fair chance.
Ditto Randy Jones.

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Ditto Randy Jones.
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Gotta agree with Ouellet. I always like Oates and hoped the Flyers were set to win a Cup with him. Turned out that wasn't selling out the future like it looked like.
My guy was Dave Michayluk. There was a lot of talk about his scoring ability. Then he comes up and wears No. 13. IIRC, he was the first Flyer to do so. And back then, when numbers were a simpler matter (few numbers outside 1-35), that was a big deal. Came and went quickly in the late 80s, then appeared five years later with the Penguins for like two weeks and won a Cup.

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Mike Maneluk...did he ever get a chance with the big boys or was he a Neil Little?

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I'm 21 years old, so I don't have the old-school Flyers knowledge some of you old farts possess - I say that will love - but the two big names that immediately came to mind from my childhood absolutely took a sledgehammer to my heart, those two were Boucher and Brendl. The reason I'll only use two from my childhood is because at this point I don't get too high or low about prospects, plus I have more realistic exceptions about their potential. As a kid however, I thought every Flyers prospect was the next Gretzky/Orr, so the failure of a specific prospect would always hit me extremely hard.

Brian Boucher - Obviously he's had a fairly serviceable NHL career, but being a first round pick and having a 31-17-3 record with a .918 save percentage as a rookie - those numbers include the Playoffs - I thought he'd be our next franchise goalie. Plus, he had a great personality. I was crushed when he came back in 2000-2001 and struggled so mightily.

Pavel Brendl - I remember when the Flyers got him in the Lindros trade he drew comparisons to Jaromir Jagr, and this was during a time when Jagr was arguably the most dominant player in the NHL, so I was really pulling for Brendl to have success with the Flyers, but as it turns out, he never "got it," and his career amounted to a big pile of nothing.

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11-19-2010, 12:47 PM
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Always been a fan of Kukkonen and Vaananen. As far as players that I thought would be great impact players for us goes, Ryan Parent. Bummer about all the injuries though. As far as guys that I wanted to succeed that never did, Pyorala.

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11-19-2010, 12:50 PM
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Always been a fan of Kukkonen and Vaananen. As far as players that I thought would be great impact players for us goes, Ryan Parent. Bummer about all the injuries though. As far as guys that I wanted to succeed that never did, Pyorala.
Ryan Parent is a really good choice for this list. He had all the tools to be a good shutdown defenseman, but his injury issues eroded his skills and confidence.

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11-19-2010, 12:52 PM
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Dov Grumet-Morris ... I thought he would at least get a contract after his college career ... he is in Greenville this season.

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11-19-2010, 01:03 PM
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I think Laliberte is starting to fall into this as well.

He played well with us, when he was with us.

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I'm gonna have to go with Stefan Ruzicka. Always liked him.

Two other players I wanted to see do well, but never really did(although they weren't Flyers picks) were Dmitri Afanasenkov and Branko Radivojevic.

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Jason Bowen – thought he was going to be a solid dman. Played ok then imo got hosed by the organization switching him around from d to wing. Also played when the team was still in shambles.
Kimbi Daniels – I remember talking to gene hart about him several times. Thought he would be really good player. Said he had so much talent but didn’t have the drive, also other issues.
HM – a personal favorite of mine was Clayton Norris. Thought he would be a solid 4th line fighter. Wasn’t to bad in the ahl just obviously not good enough for the nhl. Had he been a littlel bigger he might have got a chance as a fighter.
Ryan Sittler, Vaclav Pletka, Dmitri Tertyshny (rip), Alexander Drozdetsky, Roman Malek, Stefan Ruzicka, Denis Tolpeko.

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11-19-2010, 01:48 PM
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Gilbert Dionne - I thought he was going to be the best player in that trade for us. (Desjardin & Leclair)

Max Oulette - I too thought this cat was going to be a solid starter.

Jiri Dopita - All the talk of "Best player not in the NHL" had me caught up in the hype

Jean-Marc Pelletier - Another pipe dream between the pipes...never panned out.

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11-19-2010, 01:54 PM
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Jean-Marc Pelletier
Maxime Ouelette
Pavel Brendl

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11-19-2010, 02:04 PM
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alexander drozdetsky i never quite understood what the situation was there.

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Tomas Divisek
I second that. I went to pretty much all of the games the year the world juniors were held in winnipeg and I got to see first hand Gagne, Pistek and Divisek. I remember thinking that Pistik had no shot at the big time but being very impressed with the other 2. When Gags made it so huge and Divisek did zippo I was disappointed.

Some others:
Pletka
Sittler of course
Ouelette
Ruzicka
Juhlin

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Denis Tolpeko and Thoreson top the list recently. Dating back Id say Mike Stothers and Brian Weisinberg

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Maxime Oullett
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When Delmore scored the hat trick I thought he was going to turn out to be the man. I was young and didn't understand the game all that well, though.


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11-19-2010, 03:14 PM
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Denis Tolpeko and Thoreson top the list recently. Dating back Id say Mike Stothers and Brian Weisinberg
Weisenberg is another I liked, he seemed to not have the drive to want to make it. Thought he was a poor mans leclair at one point. Someone mentioned claude boivan, the flyers had some stupid video and he was dancing in it, I knew then he would never make it lol. One of the worst tough guys ever.

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11-19-2010, 03:53 PM
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Ditto Randy Jones.
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Mike Maneluk...did he ever get a chance with the big boys or was he a Neil Little?
Maneluk had speed, he was purchased for $1 via waivers, had a solid camp and made the big line with Lindros and LeClair but eventually got scratched by Neilson and was replaced by Brind'Amour on that unit for a time then by Keith Jones (after a trade with Colorado). He was dealt to Chicago for Roman Vopat in November of that season ('98-99). After the trade, Bob Clarke said that Neil Sheehy, Maneluk's agent, wanted a $900,000 contract which Sheehy denied. After Maneluk was traded to Chicago, the Hawks' GM got into a battle with Sheehy over a contract, waived Maneluk, and later that season Maneluk was playing for the Rangers, but didn't come to terms with them either. During the summer, he resigned with the Flyers/Phantoms after he fired his agent Sheehy. He played one season in the organization and moved on.

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11-19-2010, 04:16 PM
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When Delmore scored the hat trick I thought he was going to turn out to be the man. I was young didn't understand the game all that well, though.
Wow that's a good one.

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G:
Bernd Bruckler
Dov Grumet Morris

Both had some great numbers in college.

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Jussi Timonen
RJ Anderson

Jussi was supposed to be a slightly taller Kimmo. Anderson was the best player in Minnesota for his age.

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Colin Shields
John Eichelberger

Shields had some good numbers in college. Eichelberger was a great passer but did absolutely nothing in college.

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