Meltzer’s Musings: DeAngelo, Quick Hits

NEW JERSEY PRODUCT DeANGELO A LIKELY FIRST-ROUND DRAFT SELECTION

If you polled NHL scouts about who is the most purely skilled offensive defenseman available in the 2014 NHL Draft after Aaron Ekblad, many would say it is Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo.

A native of Sewell, New Jersey, the 18-year-old DeAngelo was the second-leading scorer on his team. The third-season OHL player rac

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Meltzer’s Musings: Bellemare Signed, Couturier Surgery, Quick Hits

FLYERS SIGN FRENCH STANDOUT BELLEMARE

Hoping to duplicate the success they had last season in signing Austrian forward Michael Raffl after a strong season in Sweden and at the IIHF World Championships, the Philadelphia Flyers have dipped into the European free agent pool for a second straight off-season. Earlier today, the Flyers announced the signing of 29-year-old French forward Pierre-Edouar

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Meltzer’s Musings: Honka, Wednesday Quick Hits

HONKA OVERCOMING CONCERNS ABOUT SIZE

If Swift Current Broncos defenseman Julius Honka stood three inches taller, he would stand a good chance of challenging Red Deer Rebels blueliner Haydn Fleury to be the concensus top 2014 Draft-eligible defenseman after Aaron Ekblad. As it is, Honka is still considered a strong candidate to be a first-round pick despite his lack of size.

A Finnish import

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Meltzer’s Musings: USNTDP Draft Candidates

2014 NHL DRAFT: NUMEROUS USNTDP PLAYERS LIKELY TO GO IN TOP TWO ROUNDS

The IIHF Under-18 World Championships have been dominated by Team USA over the last decade. In the last 10 tournaments, the Americans have captured the gold medal seven times, including five of the last six years. This year, Team USA returned to the gold medal podium one year after getting knocked off by Canada in the champi

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Flyers Draft Demographics: 2003-2013

It is impossible to predict whom the Flyers will select in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, much less in the later rounds. However, it is useful to look at the team's drafting tendencies over the last decade.

As with teams around the NHL, the Flyers have cast a wider drafting blanket over the hockey world than they did in years past.

There has been a leaguewide decrease since the ear

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42nd Anniversary: 1972 Draft

Today in Flyers history: Forty-two years ago today, on June 8, 1972, Flyers general manager Keith Allen and his scouting staff had what proved to be one of the most crucial NHL Drafts in franchise history. Each of the team's first four picks would go on to play important roles with the club.

In the first round. prophetically enough with the seventh overall , the Flyers selected left wing Bill B

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Meltzer’s Musings: Kesler, Kapanen, Meszaros Conditional Pick

FLYERS SHOULD AVOID KESLER TEMPTATION

* Last night, TSN reported that Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler still wants out of Vancouver despite the front-office and coaching changes. That would be contingent on a trade being worked out with a team for which Kesler is willing to play. Darren Dreger said that is believed Kesler still has six teams on his list and the Flyers and Anaheim are among

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Meltzer’s Musings: Draft-Eligible Forwards from Swedish Leagues

2014 DRAFT POOL DEEP IN PLAYERS FROM SWEDISH LEAGUES

In helping HockeyBuzz readers prepare for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, I am doing a series of blogs on players whose names could be called on either the first or second day of the draft. A few may even end up being selected by the Flyers.

The first part of the pre-Draft series looks at Draft-eligible prospects who played in various

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Meltzer’s Musings: Sanheim a Late Riser in 2014 Draft Class, Andre Lacroix

2014 Draft Depth: Sanheim Among the Fast-Risers

The 2014 NHL Draft may not have as many highly touted names as last year's crop of talent, but that by no means makes this a subpar year for NHL prospects. Every year, it is common to hear that, beyond the top few picks of the first round, there really isn't much of a difference between the projected ceilings of most of the players chosen in the t

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Meltzer’s Musings: Wednesday Quick Hits

WEDNESDAY QUICK HITS

* Yesterday, the Flyers signed 24-year-old forward Matt Hatch to an AHL contract. He will play for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms next season. A versatile and defensively sound forward who was a teammate of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere the last three seasons at Union College, Hatch was a valuable cog in Union's NCAA national championship team this season. Hatch is the type of

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