Hockey fans, awakened from their summer slumber, turn their snouts skyward. The autumnal breeze from beyond the horizon brings rumors of a new season. Unshaven and grotesque, these creatures will slowly meld into their favorite team’s jersey over the coming days. Families will be put on hold, careers dismissed, for the offseason is ending and there will be hockey once more.
One such icetop zealot is the Flyers fan, who can be recognized by his surly expressions and colorful taunting of referees. This unruly creature sacrifices hockey but once a week to pay respects to the Church of Carson Wentz.
Speaking of, howboudemiggles?
With the new season, the Flyers are starting to see their prospect pool flood over into the NHL:
Taylor Leier and Robert Hagg, who have been teammates for the last three years, are both sticking with the Flyers. Scott Laughton, who already has over 100 games of NHL experience, has also earned himself a role back with the big club.
Morin and Sanheim seem to be fighting for the last roster spot on defense. Both players looked excellent in preseason and will likely be on the Flyers roster by season’s end, but the team’s choice to waive Read over Manning or MacDonald may mean that there’s reluctance to play out the season with three rookie defensemen. Sanheim seems the likely choice to be sent down once Ghost is healthy, but will have the opportunity to prove himself in the meantime.
Oskar Lindblom, unfortunately, will spend some time in the AHL to start the year. Though he played a strong all-around game in the preseason, he looked a little starstruck on offense. He’ll be a call-up candidate for injury once he gets comfortable.
Oh, and Nolan Patrick fought David Krejci.
This season will be about growth for the Flyers. These young players will have to become the veterans that guide future waves of prospects the same way that Provorov and Gostisbehere must do now.
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