Day Three of Flyers Rookie Camp saw the squads battle each other in a few unscheduled scrimmages. Perhaps that was the plan all along in order to give the prospects a little bit of preparation for what lies ahead on Day Four.
“I think everyone has to put their best foot forward come tomorrow night,” said Harry Zolnierczyk, who is one rookie expected to be in the line up for the Smoothie King Rookie Game vs. the Washington Capitals. “The first day, the second day and the third day [the pace] definitely picked up.”
With pace picking up, so too has the competition, which is after all, what rookie camp has been all about, and from the Phantoms and Flyers coaching staff, the game against the Caps will be a very big measuring stick.
“The competition is big, as well as playing in the environment of the rink [The Wells Fargo Center],” said Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson. “We’re hearing that there’s going to be a good crowd and good support so I think that’s going to be exciting for these young players.”
Another player not shying away from the competition is Tyler Brown
, the 21-year-old center who was signed by the Flyers to an entry-level contract back in March.
“I think it’s going to be a rough game. I don’t really know much about Washington, but I’ve heard from the past that every game they play is usually rough and intense, so I’m looking forward to showing my stuff.”
According to the coaching staff and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Brown’s stuff has been impressive.
“There’s been a number of kids that have caught my attention,” said Holmgren. “Tyler Brown
is someone who I didn’t know a whole lot about… his speed has caught my eye.”
Brown spent the last four years playing in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers. Last season he posted 25 goals and 57 points in 67 games. He added another 14 points (3G-11A) in just 11 postseason contests.
The Smoothie King Rookie Game is slated for a 5 p.m. puck drop and will be the first official hockey action of the 2011-12 season at the Wells Fargo Center.
A complete game roster will be available closer to game time.