Monthly Archives: June 2009

Knuble, Alberts expected to hit UFA market

With the free agent deadline just a day away, General Manager Paul Holmgren and the Flyers aren’t expected to be very active.  However, with a couple players set to his the unrestricted free agent market, the team still has some loose-ends to sew up.

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Addition gives Flyers two Prong(er) defensive answer

Aside from gaining a proven winner and needed physical presence on the defensive end, newly acquired defenseman Chris Pronger gives the Flyers something they desperately lacked for the past two seasons — the ability to counter the Penguins.

With Pronger in the mix, the Flyers are instant Stanley Cup contenders.  The sudden legitimacy is due to the new-found ability to shut down the opposition’s top-two scoring lines, but specifically, the most potent two-line duo in the league.

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A new Leaf: West Chester’s Knodel is selected by Toronto

It didn’t take as long as anticipated for West Chester Rustin graduate Eric Knodel to get the phone call that he was drafted. And that’s just fine with him.

With the 128th pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL entry draft Saturday in Montreal, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected the 6-6, 216-pound Knodel to be part of their famed organization.

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With the #196th pick in the 2009 NHL draft, the Flyers select D — Oliver Lauridsen

With their final selection in the 2009 NHL draft, the Flyers select Danish defenseman Oliver Lauridsen out of St. Cloud State.  At 6’5, 205 lbs., Lauridsen is a physical, stay-at-home style blue liner with a nasty streak.   Lauridsen has a professional frame, but needs to become a better skater all around to stick in the NHL.  If the Flyers can get his footwork better, he could be a steal in the seventh round.  The typical low-risk, high-reward pick.

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With the #172nd pick in the 2009 NHL draft, the Flyers select LW — Eric Wellwood

With their second sixth-round pick, the Flyers go forward once more, selecting left-winger Eric Wellwood, brother of Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood.  Eric  however, doesn’t quite have the skill of his older sibling.  Billed as a smallish checking forward, at 5’11, 180 lbs., Wellwood is not a big guy, but is a worker.  He had a good year with Windsor of the OHL, scoring 16 goals an 18 assists in 61 games, but he isn’t a pure scorer in the least.  If Eric had his work ethic with the talent of his brother, he would have gone a lot sooner in the draft.  The Flyers hope he can grow into a player at the NHL level, for he is a project.

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With the #153rd pick in the 2009 NHL draft, the Flyers select C — Dave Labrecque

The first forward selected by the Flyers, Dave Labrecque is a quick player with some offensive upside.  Not much is known about Labrecque, other than his offensive prowess.  At 5’11, 170 lbs., the smallish forward is primarily a set-up man, scoring 13 goals and 48 assists in 59 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.

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With the #142nd pick in the 2009 NHL draft, the Flyers select G–Nicola Riopel

The Flyers again select a goalie, this time Nicola Riopel from Moncton of the QMJHL in the fifth round.  The 6’0, 170 lbs., backstop posted a 2.05 GAA in 59 games with the Wildcats.  Riopel’s signature is his speed and agility.  He doesn’t have the size preferred, but he can move in the crease well.  Somewhat of a long shot, Riopel has a questionable glove, but with some coaching and luck, the Flyers may have a keeper in the organization.

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