The stage is set for the Flyers and their fans to get a look at the future, and find out which ones could even be in Orange & Black in the very-near future.
Crowds at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. will get their first look up close of the No. 8 overall draft pick Sean Couturier
and highly coveted prospect Brayden Schenn
starting Wednesday as the Flyers set to open their annual Summer Prospect Camp.
Forty One players in total will take to the ice, hit the gym and classroom for instruction for the week-long camp that doesn’t include just Couturier, but all six Flyers draftees from the Class of 2011 (Nick Cousins, Colin Suellentrop, Marcel Noebels, Petr Placek and Derek Mathers).
“All of our guys like him. He’s a well-rounded player right now. He’s very competent in his own zone and obviously he’s a guy that can add some offensive pop as well,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren of Couturier. “With the guys we drafted from the third round to the seventh round we got bigger. We’ve added skill and competitiveness as well.”
The campers will hit the ice beginning at 9 a.m. each morning concluding at 12:15 p.m. from July 6-10, while the 11th marks the end of camp from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Other attendees include USHL champion, and 2010 Flyers draft pick Nick Luukko
, who along with Kyle Mountain (Bryn Mawr) and Tyler Hostetter
(Lititz) are all local participants at the camp.
Other players to keep an eye on will be defenseman Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood
, Zac Rinado and Ben Holmstrom, who all received a taste of NHL action with the Flyers during last year’s Atlantic Division Title run.
Some faces you might not recognize, but should play close attention to are Matt Read
and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Read was signed to a contract with the Flyers following his senior year at Bemidji State University where he was the team captain. He posted 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points in 37 games, leading the team in goals and finishing second in points.
Zolnierczyk signed with the Flyers after completing his senior campaign as captain of Brown University. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year after he posted 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points, which led the team in goals and tied for the team lead in overall scoring.
Running the camp will be very familiar faces to Flyers fans. Former captain and current Player Development Coach Derian Hatcher will head the instructions both on and off the ice along with former Flyer and now Assistant Coach with the clubs’ top affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms Riley Cote.
Helping out Cote and Hatcher will also be Flyers forward Ian Laperriere
, proving yet again his dedication to hockey (culminated by his Masterton Trophy win at the NHL Awards) by helping out the future of the franchise.
While all eyes of the team’s hockey operations department will be to see how each prospect performs, the casual fan will certainly get a more than close-up experience of the players themselves.
On Thursday there will be a public skating session from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in which selected players will be on the ice with fans at various times throughout the session.