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10 Notes: Day 1 of Development Camp

All the news, notes & quotes to get you caught up from Day 1 at Summer Camp

by @NHLFlyers

Monday was the official start of the Flyers annual summer Development Camp for draft picks, prospects and invitees, but on Tuesday the kids took to the ice for the first time. The forwards, 24 of them in total, were staggered into two groups, the defensemen worked on their own and the goaltenders were the early morning session, getting out there at 8 a.m.

Beyond that, here are other notes and storylines to come out of the sessions:

Joel Farabee left Boston University after one season in which he led the team in nearly every offensive category, including goals (17), assists (19) and overall points (36) in 37 games played, was named 2018-19 Hockey East Rookie of the Year and helped lead the USA to a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships.

So what led to his decision to leave?

"I think the whole college experience was really good. As far as going the CHL route, I have my education I can always go back and get that. If something happened in hockey, I could always do that and I just thought as far as the season, I thought I had a really good year. Talking to the staff here, they thought making the jump was a good play so I thought yeah, I was all for it."

Video: Farabee and York after day one of development camp

German Rubtsov, the club's 1st round pick (22nd overall) in 2016, played his first year of pro last season, but it was cut drastically short due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. As for his recovery, he stated that he is now back at 100 percent as of April.

Prior to that, he had been adjusting very nicely, recording 10 points (6g-4a) in 14 games.

Via translator: "He started playing out of the defensive zone and then the coach mentioned that he should start playing more offensively and he followed advice and you saw the result."

After a knee injury kept him off the ice last year at development camp, Wade Allison returned to the ice with his teammates. He stated that he is still not 100%, but that the process is a two-year one and that it should be fully healed by the time he returns to Western Michigan... and when he returns, he made his goals very clear.

"We're going to compete for a championship this year. We got a great group of guys, great coaching staff, guys are having a great summer so far. We're really excited for the season to start."

Video: Frost and Allison after day one of development camp

One of the now senior players in camp is coming in with high expectations. Morgan Frost completed his junior season in Sault Ste. Marie with the Greyhounds and will now turn pro -- it's just where will that be -- Flyers or Phantoms. As far as his expectations, he has a bit of a different mindset.

"I don't really like to set expectations. I like to set goals. I have my own goals and will try to accomplish those. I don't like to expect anything. In terms of goals, keep getting stronger and faster. Just the little things... You just to start to understand the game more."

Second round pick in this year's draft, Bobby Brink, showcased one of the attributes, besides his two-way play and the determined nature of his game, was his booming shot.

"It developed over time with hard work and just working on your shot. I think it just keeps getting better."

More on Brink later this week...

Isaac Ratcliffe comes into camp with probably the most experience... and games played this past season. Guelph led an improbably run in the OHL playoffs to win the league title and a berth in the Memorial Cup. It's that experience that he think will help him prepare for the grind of his first pro campaign.

"It was a ton. It was a lot to take in. It was a long season. I think at one point we played 22 games in 30 days too. Even looking back at it now, it's hard to remember some of the big memories and some of the big moments in those game, just because there was so many of games there... The coaching staff and even all the fans in Guelph, too. That was unbelievable, the journey we took them on and that they came on with us too."  
Less than 48 hours after being selected 14th overall in the Draft from the Flyers, Cam York was on a plane to a city he's never been too, but it's one that he's heard about and is learning to like as an athlete.

"Yeah, that's the first thing I learned about Philadelphia is that they have passionate fans. They want to win. They hold their players really accountable and as a player, I think that's what you want, so just really happy to be here." 

Video: Twarynski, Bunnaman after day one of development camp

A pair of goaltenders, both taken in the third round of their respective drafts, will play their first season in North America. 

Felix Sandstrom, the club's pick at 70th in 2015 got a taste with the Phantoms at the end of last year, but will make the transition full time in 2019-20 from Sweden's top league (SHL).

"I really enjoyed my time in HV-71. Had a good coach there. Good teammates. It was a really good time and I think I developed a lot even though I didn't play that much. I learned a lot about myself and that stuff." 

As will Kirill Ustimenko, who was selected 80th overall in 2017 and recently signed an entry-level contract to join the Flyers. He noted to the media via translator that the decision to come over right away was a quick and easy one.

Translator: "He wanted to play in North America from when he was young, way back. When he got the offer, he made a decision on the spot."

Scott Gordon addressed the media in the middle of Day 1. Gordon returned to be the head coach of the club's AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley after he served as interim head coach of the Flyers for 51 games, going 25-22-4, from Dec. 17 until the end of the season.

When asked about his decision to return after Alain Vigneault was hired, he stated that it didn't take very long to think about it and he went into it with the expectation that's where he was going to end up.

"I think it makes me a better coach to be honest with you," said Gordon. "Part of the thing that makes the job great down there is that we do have some great prospects. Real quick, seeing a few of the kids out there who got drafted this year and aren't NHL ready right now, but you can see the talent there."

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