Playing the ‘what if’ game with regards to the NHL draft is a time-honored tradition and hindsight is always clear as crystal. Looking back to see which team passed on Loui Eriksson, Shea Weber and Corey Crawford in favor of Dmitri Chernykh, Shawn Belle and Mike Egener, is as entertaining and heartbreaking as it is meaningless.
However, when it comes to the 2006 NHL Entry draft in Vancouver, the Flyers didn’t just make just one mistake to look back on and groan, they made three — in the same round.
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There was once a time in which Russian defenseman Denis Bodrov was considered to be the top blue line prospect in the Philadelphia organization. But on the heels of signing a measly AHL contract with the Flyers on Monday, after being exiled from his KHL team Atlant Mytischi due to poor play and a feud with management, it seems that times have changed.
“He hasn’t played in about a month,” General manager Paul Holmgren told Frank Seravelli of the Daily News. “I don’t really know the process over there in Russia, but it worked out where he was free to do what he wanted. He’s been here the last few days.”
Despite clear interest by the Flyers’ organization, prospects Mario Kempe and Denis Bodrov will not attend any sort of training camp this season.
On Monday, the greenest Flyers gather in Voorhees, N.J., to begin another week-long conditioning camp. And although camp this year is less exciting than its recent predecessors, it still makes for some interesting story lines.