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Flyers Release 2018-19 Regular Season Schedule

The Flyers will open their season on Thursday, October 4 on the road in Vegas

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today unveiled their schedule for the 2018-19 season.

The Flyers will open their season on Thursday, October 4 on the road when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights as part of a two-game road trip, which wraps up two days later at Colorado. They will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, October 9 vs. San Jose. The season will conclude on Saturday, April 6 when the Flyers host the Carolina Hurricanes.

The NHL heads into its sixth season under the current alignment of four divisions - two each in the Eastern and Western Conference. The two Eastern Conference divisions contain eight teams each. The schedule design continues to emphasize divisional rivalries along with the division-based playoff seedings. The Flyers will play all of their divisional opponents four times - twice at home and twice on the road - for a total of 28 of their 82 games against opponents in their own division. The Flyers will see some of those games earlier this year, with five divisional games in the first 24 contests after having just two in the first seven weeks of last season. 

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FULL DISCLOSURE: Voting results revealed at NHL Awards

Giroux, Couturier, Hextall and more as NHL announces official voting results

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The terms "finalists" and "nominees" for the annual NHL Awards are something of a misnomer. There is neither a process of elimination nor one of establishing a group of three worthy candidates from which a winner is selected.

Instead, there is a single ballot conducted, with most awards being voted upon by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). There is a descending points system for a first-place through fifth-place vote, and the top three point-getters are then announced as "finalists" although the winner has already been determined. The voting totals are then released after the awards are presented.

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Giroux named to NHL's Second All-Star Team

Flyers captain honored with postseason All-Star at Left Wing

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Following the National Hockey League's Award Show in Las Vegas, the NHL announced that Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been named to the NHL Second All-Star Team.

It is the first time in his career that Giroux has received the honor and first Flyer to be named to a postseason All-Star Team since Shayne Gostisbehere was named to the All-Rookie Team after the 2015-16 season. 

Giroux is also the first Flyer to be named to a First or Second postseason All-Star Team since Jakub Voracek was named First All-Star Team at Right Wing for the 2014-15 season.

This past season, Giroux recorded new career highs in every category on offense with 34 goals and 68 assists for 102 points. He became the first Flyer in 22 years to record a 100-point season with 102 points. 

His 102 points ranked second in the entire NHL, becoming the first Flyer to finish second in the NHL's scoring race since 1994-95 when Eric Lindros tied for 1st in the league with 70 points in 46 games.

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Flyers face San Jose Sharks in 2018-19 home opener

Club will take on Western Conference rival on October 9 at Wells Fargo Center

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

As part of the National Hockey League's announcement of the 2018-19 season schedule, the Flyers revealed that they will take on the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to open their home schedule at the Wells Fargo Center.

The NHL will announce the full 2018-19 season schedule on Thursday, June 21 at approximately 5 p.m. ET during NHL Tonight: 2018-19 Schedule Release on the NHL Network. Stayed tuned to PhiladelphiaFlyers.com at 5:30 p.m. ET to get the Flyers' full schedule. 

The Flyers opened last season in San Jose as part of the Sharks' home opener, earning a 5-3 win in the Shark Tank, but this is the first time in club history that the Flyers will take on the San Jose in Philadelphia as part of their home opener.

Last season, the Flyers opened the Wells Fargo Center against the eventual Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals, earning an 8-2 win and will look to make it three wins in the last four home openers come Oct. 9.

Flyers fans can get a first-look at the team during their nine-game preseason slate of games during Training Camp. CLICK HERE for the complete preseason schedule.

For the latest team news, videos and season ticket information, go to PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

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NHL Awards Running Blog

Follow along with Couturier for NHL Awards Media Availability

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Although he had been here with friends, Sean Couturier got his first taste of life in Las Vegas being a nominee at the NHL Awards Show. Prior to facing the media, Couturier took time to meet with and shake the hands of members of the Humboldt Broncos team that will be a part of the NHL Awards.

Surrounded by a ballroom of All-Stars, Couturier spoke to the media about being nominated for the Selke Trophy...

"I think it's a tremendous honor. You don't necessarily play for the personal trophy and awards but it's nice to be recognized by others, the way you play. Especially being nominated with [Patrice] Bergeron and [Anze] Kopitar, they're two guys I kind of modeled my game after coming into the league and it's already just a great honor to be nominated with them." 

Couturier's breakout season saw him more than double his point output offensively, while still maintaining his high standard of defensive play, which is something that is of great importance to him.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Made it to Vegas for the big show! #NHLAwards #CootsForSelke pic.twitter.com/uRrDSSIhu8

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Meltzer: 5 Steps for a Successful Draft

A deeper look at the Flyers checklist as they head into Draft week

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

It takes three to five years after an NHL Draft for an organization to gain a reasonably reliable sense of how many picks in a given year have (or are likely to) become NHL regulars, which ones might provide system depth as fill-in callups and which ones either were not offered entry-level contracts or are otherwise not part of the plan moving forward. The 2018 Draft is the fifth since Ron Hextall became the Flyers' general manager.

Here are 5 keys to a successful 2018 Draft for the Flyers:

NOTE: The first three steps will be in place by the time the organization holds its final pre-Draft meetings in Dallas leading up to the first round of the Draft. The other two will primarily take shape over the two-day Draft itself, but the groundwork may be laid beforehand.

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Flyers Kick Off Summer-Long Community Caravan Tour

Family-friendly pop-up festival and clinic to launch this week, Make multiple stop across Delaware Valley

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com
The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping off of the ice and hitting the road this summer! The club announced today the schedule of stops and locations for its summer-long Community Caravan Tour, a family-friendly pop-up fan event featuring games and prizes, clinics, autograph signings, and more.
With eleven stops across the Greater Philadelphia Region, including a three-day Jersey Shore tour, this year's schedule is designed to bring summer fun and Flyers action to home towns and vacation spots alike.
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Dahlin, Svechnikov, Tkachuk, Zadina top NHL.com mock drafts

Frolunda defenseman unanimous No. 1, forwards expected to go next but order uncertain

by NHL.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Rasmus Dahlin remains the unanimous pick to be the No. 1 selection of the 2018 NHL Draft in the latest NHL.com mock drafts.

NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage agree that the Buffalo Sabres will select the defenseman from Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League with the first pick of the draft, which is June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The writers also agree that the next three players selected will be forwards Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie (Ontario Hockey League), Brady Tkachuk of Boston University (Hockey East) and Filip Zadina of Halifax (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). The order, though, was in dispute.

That wasn't the only place they disagreed; the three writers totaled 37 players for 31 draft slots.

The first 15 picks were set by the NHL Draft Lottery, which was won by the Sabres. Picks 16-27 were determined after the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the eliminated teams slotted in inverse order of regular-season points. The 28th and 29th picks went to the teams that lost in the conference finals, in inverse order of regular-season points. The 30th pick will go to the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final, with No. 31 going to the winning team. For this exercise, the Washington Capitals were given No. 30 based on having fewer regular-season points than the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights pick belongs to the Detroit Red Wings, who acquired it in a trade for forward Tomas Tatar on Feb. 26.

The Red Wings are one of six teams with multiple first-round picks. The New York Rangers have three picks; in addition to No. 9, they have No. 26, acquired from the Boston Bruins in a trade for forward Rick Nash on Feb. 25, and No. 28, which they got in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller on Feb. 26.

The Philadelphia Flyers have No. 14, and No. 19, acquired from the St. Louis Blues; the New York Islanders have No. 11, and No. 12, acquired from the Calgary Flames; the Ottawa Senators have No. 4 and No. 22, which they got from the Pittsburgh Penguins; and the Chicago Blackhawks have No. 8 and No. 27, which they acquired from the Nashville Predators.

 

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What Went Down... Bob Clarke reflects on his Draft Day moves

From Gagne to Ricci, Pitkanen and even Jagr, former Flyer GM analyzes moves that did and did not happen during his tenure

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Over the course of his 49 years in the National Hockey League as a Hall of Fame player, general manager, team executive and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the legendary Bob Clarke has seen and done it all. Recently, the Flyers senior vice president reflected on the aspects of the NHL Draft.

"Scouts are like players. Sometimes you need to make changes. How can you tell if someone is a good scout? You look at the players they've recommended and if they've come up with players who've become good contributors in the NHL. That's where the trust is built up," said Clarke. "You want scouts who have the courage to step up and push for kids they believe in. But they also have to be team players. Your scouts have to work together for what's best for the organization. That's the whole key right there. You don't want a guy who has a personal agenda and pushes to get his way just because he wants to be a general manager someday."
Clarke points out that the scouting realm has grown exponentially over the years. There is now a global pool of players to assess, from all across Europe as well as North America. With 31 teams in the NHL, it vital to leave no stone unturned when trying to build organizational depth.
"We've had a lot of really good scouts over the years, right up to this day with the staff we have with Hexy as the GM and Sarge [Chris Pryor] as assistant GM. If you look at our drafts the last four years, five years, with the guys who are now in the NHL, there's been good work done on the amateur scouting side," Clarke said.
In any career as long as Clarke's, there are bound to be some hits and misses - and some tantalizing or agonizing what-if scenarios - that arise at the Draft.
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2018 Draft: Top 5 Takeaways from Hextall's Pre-Draft Press Conference

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall met with the media at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Thursday to discuss the organization's outlook on the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft. The Flyers contingent will travel to Dallas on Sunday and, over the next three days, conduct a series of meetings to finalize a strategy and set internal rankings ahead of the Draft's first round on Fri. June 22.

As expected, Hextall kept his pre-Draft intentions close to the vest. However, he did provide, in broad terms, some insights about how he views this year's Draft class and his overall philosophy on drafting and development.

Following are 5 top takeaways from Hextall's press conference, and some news and notes on other topics the GM touched upon.

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