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Flyers win the Second Overall Pick in the Draft

Club wins one of the three lottery positions in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

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The Philadelphia Flyers have won the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft after the NHL Draft Lottery was held this evening in Toronto.

The Flyers held a 2.4 percent chance of receiving the second overall selection in the draft through the weighted lottery after finishing 19th among all NHL teams this season.

They jumped ahead of 11 other teams with the lottery win and will be "on the clock" after the New Jersey Devils selects first overall on June 23 at Chicago.

This is just the second time in franchise history that the Flyers will have the No. 2 overall pick, previously selecting James van Riemsdyk in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Canada adds Brayden Schenn to roster

Flyers forward will join his four teammates at World Championships

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

Hockey Canada announced today that Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been added to their roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championships, which are set to being on Wednesday, May 5 in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

Schenn will join Flyers previously named to the roster: Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Wayne SimmondsMore on those players HERE.

This will also be Schenn's third time competing in the World Championship tournament in the last four years. He was a part of the Canadian team that won gold in 2015 alongside Giroux and Couturier, appearing in two games and recording one goal. In 2014, he tallied three goals and four points in seven games in his first Worlds appearance.

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Two Point Two

Flyers hoping to hit big in Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery

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

The NHL will hold it's annual Draft Lottery, which determines the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, on Saturday night in Toronto and this year's will be unlike any other.

As was the case last year, the first three picks in the Draft will be decided by a lottery, but this year will see the newest NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, enter the fold. 

They will be given the same odds as the team finishing with the third-fewest points during the 2016-17 regular season and hold a 10.3% chance at winning the 1st overall pick. The best chance at No. 1 overall are the Colorado Avalanche (18%) followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12.1%) and tied with Vegas are the Arizona Coyotes (10.3%).

As far as Vegas is concerned, they are guaranteed to pick no lower than the 6th overall selection, but hold a 30 percent chance to finish with either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall pick.

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Flyers sign forward Mikhail Vorobyov

2015 fourth round draft pick inks entry level deal with Flyers

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

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Mikhail Vorobyov (voh-ROH-bee-awv) to an entry level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

A 6-2, 194-pound native of Ufa, Russia, Vorobyov comes to North America after playing the 2016-17 season for Salavat Yulaev in the Kontinental Hockey League, where he posted 11 points (3g-8a) in 44 games.

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Flyers 2016-17 Season Recap

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POSTGAME: Phantoms take Game 3 in overtime

Flyers AHL affiliate fights back in third period to stay alive in playoffs

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Hershey, PA - Just as they had done all season, the Phantoms saved their best for last. 

Chris Conner scored on a breakaway in the opening minutes of overtime in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Playoffs to cap a come-from-behind rally at the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night. The 2-1 victory means the Phantoms will return to Chocolate Town for Game 4 of the Best-of-Five series on Saturday night. 

One more Lehigh Valley victory would bring the teams back to PPL Center in Allentown for a Winner-Take-All finale in Game 5 on Sunday evening at 5:05.

The Phantoms trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes but forged yet another third-period comeback which proved to be their specialty during the regular season. Lehigh Valley had rallied from a second-intermission deficit on eight separate occasions which was the most for any team in the American Hockey League.

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Wayne Simmonds named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award

Flyers forward headed to Las Vegas for NHL Awards Show

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

The National Hockey League announced today that Philadelphia Flyers forward, Wayne Simmonds, is a finalist for the 2016-17 NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community."

Simmonds is one of two finalists along with New York Islanders defenseman, Travis Hamonic. 

The winner of the NHL Foundation Player Award will be announced Tuesday, June 20, at the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards, a special event at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas that will honor the League's leaders both on and off the ice. The winner will also be recognized the following day at the 2017 NHL Awards at T Mobile Arena.

Simmonds has hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer since 2012. Aimed at providing opportunities for youth in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont., to learn and play hockey, he has raised more than $100,000 through this annual event that features several other NHL players. The 28-year-old also has purchased private suites at Flyers games for military personnel, hosted a Make-A-Wish experience and actively supported the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF). Inspired by his similar background, Simmonds joined the ESYHF board in 2014, often spending time on his off days with children from the program.

Having recently completed his sixth season with the Flyers, Simmonds led the team in goals (31) and finished fourth in the entire NHL with 16 power-play goals. He was named to, and participated in, his first NHL All-Star Game where he won MVP honors. Simmonds also took home two Flyers end of season awards - being the recipient of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as Team MVP, as well as winner of the Toyota Cup for most points as a "Star of the Game".

Alongside Simmonds for the award, Hamonic has used his personal experiences to positively impact the community. Through his D-Partner Program, Hamonic has bonded with and directly touched the lives of more than 200 children who, at a young age, have suffered the loss of a parent. He has spent more than $50,000 hosting D-Partner Program participants at Islanders games, providing VIP treatment as well as special meet-and-greets. Hamonic also has served as an event ambassador for the Children's Wish Foundation and spearheaded various Islanders community events, including the team's school and hospital visits.

NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award, with the finalists selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year's recipient.

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BEST OF… A look at the best plays and moments of 2016-17

Goals, assists, hits and special events that highlighted the 50th Anniversary Season

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Play -- Brayden Schenn dropped the puck to Ivan Provorov, took a return pass, pulled to his backhand, and scored around goaltender Jimmy Howard, giving the Flyers a 1-0 overtime victory on December 11 in Detroit.

Video: PHI@DET: Schenn uses great deke to finish for OT win

Wins - The above victory, the Flyers' ninth straight, was on their last visit ever to Joe Louis Arena, a place where they won only three games from 1988 until it closed at the end of the season. Steve Mason's 2-0 shutout of the Rangers on January 25 on third-period goals by Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds was only the fourth Flyers triumph in their last 21 visits (including playoffs) to Madison Square Garden.

Moment - Valtteri Filppula scored with 9:22 remaining in his first Flyer game to tie Florida in a March 2 contest Philadelphia won, 2-1, on shootout goal by Voracek.

Video: FLA@PHI: Filppula tips home goal in debut with Flyers

Power Move - Michael Raffl drove to the net, leaned off defenseman Mattis Ekholm, and had enough room to go around goalie Juuse Saros and provide the winning goal in a 4-2 December 4 victory in Nashville.

Shots - By Jake Voracek from the top of the circle to beat the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist in a 5-2 loss on January 4 at Wells Fargo Center… You don't see many goals anymore from that far out cleanly beat unscreened goaltenders, particularly one of the best. Travis Konecny circled off the left boards to just below the right faceoff dot and buried the puck under the crossbar on Sergei Bobrovsky's short side to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead in a 5-3 home loss to Columbus on March 25. Ivan Provorov did much the same on Cam Ward to open the scoring in a 4-3 overtime win against Carolina on March 19.

Steals - By Wayne Simmonds from Brent Burns, the Norris Trophy favorite, in overtime for a breakaway winner against the Sharks, 2-1, on February 11. Jake Voracek took the puck from All Star John Tavares just inside the blueline to feed Shayne Gostisbehere, who circled the net and fed Claude Giroux's overtime winner, 3-2, on January 22 at Brooklyn.

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POSTGAME: Phantoms drop heartbreaker in Game 2

Hershey tallies three times in third period to take, 2-0 series lead

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

A heated start to the Game 2 saw the Phantoms get out to a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play, but the Hershey Bears fought back and scored three unanswered, including the game-winning tally with 33 seconds left in regulation to earn a 5-4 win in Lehigh Valley on Saturday night.

Greg Carey scored twice and added an assist, while Chris Conner recorded three helpers in the loss.

Starting goaltender, Alex Lyon, left the game due to injury at the midway point of the third period after stopping 10 of 13 shots. Back up, Martin Ouellette, came in relief making two saves the rest of the way.

Below are some news & notes from the game:

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POSTGAME: Phantoms drop Game 1 in OT

Bears tally only goal in 1-0 overtime win in Lehigh Valley

by Lehigh Valley Phantoms / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Calder Cup Playoff hockey hit the Lehigh Valley and PPL Center for the first time ever Friday evening as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms opened their best-of-five division semifinals series against the rival Hershey Bears. 

Friday's contest featured everything that exemplifies the excitement of postseason hockey - tremendous intensity, raucous fans, bone-crushing checks and stellar goaltending. In fact, the netminding was so impressive on both sides, the series opener featured just one goal as visiting Hershey was able to escape downtown Allentown with a 1-0 overtime victory.
    
The Bears now lead the best-of-five series 1-0 with an opportunity for the Phantoms to level the rivalry series on Saturday with Game 2 at PPL Center.Video: Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon discusses 1-0 OT loss

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