Meltzer’s Musings: Hard-Luck Prospects, Russian Flyers and Much More

TOP FIVE HARD-LUCK FLYERS PROSPECTS

For all the intensive scouting and careful preparation that teams do, there is an element of luck involved -- at least beyond the first round -- in whether the players selected pan out as future NHL players. The biggest variable, of course, is injury.

Even under ideal circumstances, teams are going to have more Draft-day misses than hits, at least beyond

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Meltzer’s Musings: Mason, Flyers Hall of Fame, 20th Anniverary, Flanagan

MASON SUSTAINS BROKEN PINKY FINGER

As first reported by TFP's David Strehle and confirmed by the Flyers, goaltender Steve Mason sustained a broken right pinky finger in a ball hockey game last Sunday. The injury to his right (glove) hand will keep him off the ice for two weeks. In the meantime, Mason will continue off-ice workouts.

With about seven weeks to go before the start of Flyers trai

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Meltzer’s Musings: Giroux, Draft Re-Entries and More

THURSDAY QUICK HITS

* In his most recent article for ESPN Insider, Craig Custance polled a panel of a dozen people currently working in the NHL. Four are team executives (general managers or assistant GMs), four are head coaches, one is an assistant coach, two are players and one is a former general manager.

The panel was asked the following question: If you were starting a franchise from s

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Meltzer’s Musings: Analytics, Alderson, Markov and More

HEXTALL ON THE POTENTIAL AND LIMITATIONS OF ANALYTICS

On the day he was announced as the Flyers new general manager, Ron Hextall explained his philosophy on the proper place for using analytics in today's NHL. In a nutshell, Hextall said that he felt data can be mined to determine areas where the team can hone in on specific areas of strength and weakness. He also cautioned that he did not beli

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Meltzer’s Musings: Prospect Pipeline, Bunny, Vinny and More

TUESDAY QUICK HITS

* Want to get a sense of just how much the Flyers' farm system has improved in the last four years? Yesterday I glanced at the Future Watch Zone section of The Hockey News' 2010-11 Yearbook to see who they rated as the Flyers' top 10 prospects.

Here was THN's top 10:

1) Jon Kalinski LW
2) David Laliberte RW
3) Kevin Marshall D
4) Joonas Lehtivuori D
5) Andreas Nödl

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Meltzer’s Musings: Laughton’s Development, Ashbee’s Birthday, Quick Hits

ROOKIE LAUGHTON ON THE BUBBLE FOR AN NHL ROSTER SPOT

* From the day he was announced as the Flyers' new general manager, Ron Hextall has emphasized a mantra that the organization will not rush its prospects to the NHL nor will NHL jobs simply be handed to players based on their draft position or pedigree from lower levels of hockey. While most of the outside focus has been on the young defensem

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Meltzer’s Musings: Saturday Quick Hits

SATURDAY QUICK HITS

* In an article published yesterday in the Toronto Star, the agent for former two-stint Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko said that the Ukrainian forward hopes to return to the NHL next season.

Last season, Fedotenko served as the captain for KHL team HC Donbass Donetsk. Amidst the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the team's arena was vandalized and set on fire

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Meltzer’s Musings: Riley, Propp, McCrimmon, and More

RILEY BRINGS TWO DECADES OF DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

While the Flyers have not been able to do much this off-season to bolster their NHL roster or achieve salary cap relief, they have made a few good additions on the coaching end. Gord Murphy was a nice addition as an NHL assistant coach to work with the Flyers defenseman. Back in June, the organization hired longtime USA Hockey director of Atlan

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Meltzer’s Musings: Remembering Gene Hart

REMEMBERING THE VOICE OF THE FLYERS

Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the passing of the "Voice of the Flyers," Gene Hart at the age of 68. To a generation of Flyers' fans, Hart's voice will always be synonymous with the team.

As a child who grew up loving the Flyers, Hart's calls were in many ways my first ticket to the game. Looking back, I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up

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