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Vorobyev making big jump across the pond

Flyers fourth round pick in 2015 brings his game to North America

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers /

One of a trio of Russian forwards who attended their first Flyers' Development Camp, 20-year-old center Mikhail Vorobyev is slated to play his first season of North American pro hockey in 2017-18. 

The Flyers drafted the sturdy Ufa, Russia native in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Following the expiration of Vorobyev's KHL contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the Flyers inked him to an entry-level contract on April 27, 2017.

Unlike younger countryman German Rubtsov, whom the Flyers' chose in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Vorobyev's name is not well known among many fans of the team. 

Nevertheless, Vorobyev has progressed at a rapid pace over the last three seasons and the Flyers' organization believes he has the potential to eventually challenge for an NHL roster spot if he continues on the same path and navigates the adaptation to the small-rink game.

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The Curious Case of Noah Cates

Drafted out of high school, Cates has long-term goals in mind with Flyers

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

Selected by the Flyers in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Stillwater, Minnesota high school standout left winger Noah Cates knows that he will not be playing in the National Hockey League in the next couple years. The 18-year-old's objectives are all focused on the long-term future.

Cates attended the now-completed 2017 Development Camp at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, along with a host of the organization's other prospects. Coming to his first camp at an NHL training facility to work with the Flyers' development coaches and interact with highly touted players such as Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, Mike Vecchione and German Rubtsov, Cates could not help but to initially be in awe.

"The first day, I just kind of looked around and took everything in. It was pretty awesome. But, at the same time, I knew [the Flyers] drafted me so I belonged here," Cates said.

During the 3-on-3 tournament that concluded the on-ice portion of Development Camp, Cates scored the empty-net winning goal in the Team Black vs. Team Gray game. Moments after Team Gray pulled goalie Matej Tomek for an extra attacker and David Kase knotted the score at 4-4, Cates quickly and alertly fired the puck into the still-vacant net at the other end. 

It counted, because play was continuous with no faceoffs or whistles.

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2017 Development Camp Best Photos

Check out the best photos from this year's Development Camp.

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Flyers Sign Nolan Patrick to Entry Level Contract

Second Overall pick in 2017 NHL Draft inks deal

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed center Nolan Patrick to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Patrick was selected by the Flyers second overall in the first round of last month's 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Below are news & notes on Patrick:

DRAFTED: 2017 (2nd Overall, First Round)
AGE: 18
BIRTHDATE: September 19, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Winnipeg, Manitoba
VITALS: 6'2", 198 pounds

* In 2016-17 he was the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings and averaged more than a point per-game with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in just 33 games. He missed 39 games, including the WHL Playoffs, due to injury. 

* Patrick had abdominal surgery on June 13th and he will be able to resume full activity in 4-6 weeks from that date. He participated in the off-ice activities at Flyers Development Camp, but did not participate in the on-ice skating portion… He is expected to begin skating in the next week. 

* He also participated in the physical testing at the NHL Combine and said he will be 100 percent healthy to begin his 2017-18 season.

* As a 17-year-old in 2015-16, he finished fifth among all WHL players with 102 points (41g-61a) in 72 games… His 61 assists tied for third in the WHL… His 41 goals ranked second on the team and tied for eighth overall in the WHL… He finished third in the WHL with a +51 rating.

* At the end of that season, he was named MVP of the 2016 WHL Playoffs after helping Brandon win its first Championship in 20 years, recording 30 points (13g-17a) in 21 games.

* He was teammates with current Flyers defenseman, Ivan Provorov, for their championship run in 2016.

* As a 16-year-old, he won the WHL Rookie of the Year award in 2014-15 with 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 points in 55 games.

* His father, Steve Patrick, was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL Draft. While his Uncle, James Patrick, was selected 9th overall by the NY Rangers in 1981. 

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Flyers sign goaltenders Lyon, Stolarz; forward Bardreau

Trio ink deals to stay with Flyers organization

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed goaltenders Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz each to a one-year, two-way contract. In addition, the club has signed forward Cole Bardreau to a two-year, two-way contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Below are news & notes on Lyon, Stolarz and Bardreau

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Flyers re-sign Taylor Leier

Forward inks one-year contract extension

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed forward Taylor Leier to a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Leier recently completed his third pro season with the organization, appearing in 10 games for the Flyers this season and playing a majority of the year for the club's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Below are news & notes on Leier:

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FIFTH ENTRY: Trial on the Isle & I Hate Goodbyes

Hey Flyers fans, time to wrap up my first NHL camp, so here it goes:

by Isaac Ratcliffe @NHLFlyers /

It was an early wake-up call for the bus ride down here for Trial on the Isle, but no problem because that's what the whole week was like. The first 30 minutes everyone was asleep and then the last little bit we all woke up and were antsy to get down on the beach.

Even though this was a fun day, you have a bunch of hockey players out here and we still had that competitive edge and effort. It was also cool for the volleyball portion we were playing with the fans and they were involved.

Now that Trial is over it was a ton of fun being on the beach and getting out in the water, luckily enough the weather held out, a lot of fans came out and this was the perfect way to end the week.

I had yet another early morning as I'm headed back to Ontario now. I said some my goodbyes to my new teammates last night… and for some of the other guys that I play against, it was a 'see you soon'.

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2017 Trial on the Isle Blog

Follow along with the prospects as the day at the beach unfolds.

by @NHLFlyers /

9:25 am LIFE'S A BEACH

Prospects began the beach day with a sand sculpture contest. They were given the option of designing a Flyers 50th Anniversary logo or the team's main logo.

"[We did] Awesome. Ten out of ten for us," said defenseman Phil Myers, who built a Flyers logo with Carter Hart, Simon Loof, Wyatt Kalynuk and Matt Anderson. "It's probably been about 12 years since I built something into the sand. I haven't done that since I was a kid. It was a really fun time and it was a great to get to know the boys a little better."

From there it was time to cool off, even though the overcast skies and ocean breeze made the temperature pretty comfortable. The squad locked arms with each other and walked into the water just past the breakers and sat in the surf together.

 9:37 am

The real competition began as the teams gathered for NHL Trivia. A wrong answer by a team sent those players back into the water, while a correct one sent them down the beach for a run and series of games.

 Corn Hole, frisbee, potato sack race and even a wiffle ball activity were on the agenda, not to mention push ups & burppees as they made their way to 80th street. Team Sanheim was the first to arrive - and then the first to take the field...

10:16 am SOCCER... sort of

 A newcomer to the Trial, bubble soccer was next and the actual soccer part of it definitely looked secondary.

"Pretty much. But obviously we're all good friends here so it's a good time to run one of your friends over," said Wade Allison. "It's definitely tough but it was one of the best experiences and it's kind of scary because you can't hear anything and you have no idea where anybody is coming from."

But after an experimental first game, some guys started talking strategy for their next game. Carsen Twarynski had his team lob the ball over the player bubbles and it seemed to work because they got on the board twice early on, but the morning activities didn't end there…

11:22 am BACK TO THE BAY

Although not on the official agenda, players made their way to the Stone Harbor Yacht Club and couldn't help but take a jump into the bay. Isaac Ratcliffe and Morgan Frost even delayed their lunch a little to check out the paddle boards.


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Flyers Development Camp 3v3 Summary

Team White takes the victory after a double overtime

by @NHLFlyers /

Team White defeated Team Black 2-1 in double overtime to win the 3-on-3 tournament at the last on-ice day of the 2017 Philadelphia Flyers development camp. Linus Hogberg scored the game-winning goal 1:56 into the second five-minute overtime period.

Four teams - Orange, Black, White and Gray - played a round-robin tournament of 12-minute running-clock, half-ice games. Team Orange defeated Team Gray 3-1 in a 10-minute third-place game, followed by Team White's win in the 15-minute championship game that required almost seven minutes of overtime. Nicolas Aube-Kubel put Black up 1-0 early, but Radel Fazleev tied it for Team White in the latter stages of the contest.

Olle Lycksell, the Flyers' sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, led all scorers with five goals. Travis Sanheim and David Kase had four goals apiece.

Here are the team and individual results:

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