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DAY 1 BLOG: A look at lines, Patrick update and more at Training Camp

News, notes & reaction from both sessions as Day 1 of Training Camp comes to a close

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer



Group B took the ice at 1 p.m. on the Flyers rink before switching sides to finish the session on a fresh sheet of ice on the Phantoms' rink. Like Group A, the B group featured a bevy of talented forwards and veteran d-men and was on the ice with the same coaching staff.

BRAUN: "It was a really good first day. AV is a good communicator. He set out exactly what we were doing. There won't be any surprises to players. Everyone will know the systems and the expectations. As a player, you have to execute that."

Here are the lines that were featured:

JVR - Hayes - Lindblom
Raffl - Laughton - Stewart
Kase - Bunnaman - Rubtsov
Sushko - Vorobyev - Criscuolo

Sanheim - Myers
Gostisbehere - Braun
Wotherspoon - Prosser
Zamula - Willcox



* Formerly defense partners on the Phantoms, Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers looked slick together on the first day of drills.

* Chris Stewart, here on a Professional Try Out, did not hide the fact that he's here to win an NHL job, plain and simple. It would also be with a team he also didn't hide the fact that he always wanted to play for...

STEWART: "I dreamed of playing for the Flyers as a kid. Actually, I had thought they were going to draft me. They ended up drafting Claude Giroux, so I guess that worked out for them [laughs]."

* Oskar Lindblom has primarily played left wing in North America (he did play some right wing in Sweden) but looked comfortable switching sides to accommodate playing on a day one line with Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk.

* Connor Bunnaman's bread-and-butter as a pro is parking himself netfront and looking for screens, deflections and rebounds. He put a pair in the net that way during one of the drills. 

* Shayne Gostisbehere made a good keep with his right skate to keep play going during one of the 5-on-5 drills.

GOSTISBEHERE: "Justin is a very good defenseman. I think we complement each other well... I am comfortable playing either side. But if you have two guys on their natural side, it makes moving the puck a little easier. In O-zone, you can shoot off a touch pass. In D-zone, you don't have to expose the puck over the middle and defensively you have it on the side of the guy coming down the wing on your side."


The first session of training camp on Friday saw the Flyers Rookie Camp group -- minus Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe and Phil Myers -- on the ice with Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon and assistant Kerry Huffman. 

The first session of the main group got underway at 10 a.m. with Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault and the NHL assistants on the ice with the players. 

GIROUX: "AV's teams were always hard to play against. They played hard, and they were consistent. We are excited to play for him, and there is going to be buy-in from everyone."

* Below are the lines and what's of interesting note is that opportunity has come pretty quickly for Farabee who took his place on the "top line".

* The day one drills were fairly limited in scope. However, at a first glance, Farabee did not look overwhelmed being out there with Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux as his linemates.

FARABEE: "I didn't sleep much last night. I just wanted to go out today and not do anything too stupid."

Giroux - Couturier - Farabee
Ratcliffe - Frost- Voracek
Twarynski - Andreoff - Aube-Kubel
Carey- O'Reilly - Gabriel

Provorov - Niskanen
Hägg - Welinski
Morin - Friedman
Brennan - Bigras



* Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Monday morning that Nolan Patrick has an upper-body injury and has not been cleared to participate at the start of camp.

* During a five-on-five drill, first year pros Ratcliffe and Frost were up against veteran AHL pros Greg Carey, Cal O'Reilly and Kurtis Gabriel. The going was a little tougher for the kids than anything they saw in rookie camp, particularly on the defensive side of the drill. They held their own, but didn't dominate. 

* J.F. Berube made a nice skate save on a Couturier deflection, but the rebound went right back to Couturier and he deposited it in the back of the net. 

* Defenseman Sam Morin participated in Day 1 of Training Camp for the first time since 2017 - he missed all of 2018 camp recuperating from knee surgery. After getting a few games in at the end of last season and a full summer to train, the injury is far behind him.

* Morin is a bundle of kinetic energy even on a normal day, but he was perhaps the most psyched-up player in all of Group A with the gusto he brought to each drill. 

MORIN: "My knee feels great. I don't even think about it anymore. Actually, sometimes I have to think about which knee to put the brace on. A few times, I've started to put it on the left. So I feel great. I am really excited to get going here. I had a great summer -- it felt awesome to have a healthy summer without any surgery rehab."

* The first roster cut has been made. Goaltender Roddy Ross, a 6th-round pick in 2019, was sent back to this WHL team, the Seattle Thunderbirds. The move was made early in order to alleviate some of the overcrowding in camp, with six other goalies in camp and enable Ross to prepare for the WHL regular season with his team.

* And finally, perhaps the biggest story of the day concerned the signing of d-man Ivan Provorov to a 6-year deal worth 6.75M AAV (Details Here)... Provorov spoke directly to the media after his session to talk about the discussions over the summer and finally signing. Watch Below:

Video: 9/13 Provorov: Press Conference

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