We are a week into the Flyers training camp and the team has already played three games over a four-night span. It is a routine camp in that the veterans who don't have to worry about making the team -- guys such as Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Kevin Hayes, Ivan Provorov, Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, among others -- are going out, getting their reps in and doing the things they need to do in order to be physically ready for opening night.
The best part about watching training camp -- from an observer's standpoint -- is to see the young talent and veterans on the bubble giving their all for that one
majestic chance to make an NHL roster at the start of the season..
This year is no different. As of now, four rookies -- Phil Myers on defense, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and German Rubtsov up front -- appear to be the most likely candidates to snag an opening night roster spot. The injury status of center Nolan Patrick and winger Tyler Pitlick, depending on how they progress, could alter the picture for opening night and possibly even open another available spot.
The question is what goes through these players minds over the process of training camp and the preseason? I can't speak for other people, but I'm happy to share my own experience from my rookie NHL season.