Meltzer’s Musings: Defenseman Development

A funny thing has happened in the Philadelphia Flyers' farm system over the last three years: A franchise that has often struggled to draft and develop their own NHL-level defensemen has made a concerted effort to stock up on defense prospects in the last three Drafts. While it may still take a few years to pay dividends at the NHL level, the Flyers have steadily increased the odds that at least a

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Meltzer’s Musings: New Philosophy for Development Camp, Quick Hits


The Flyers' 2014 Development Camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees reflects a new philosophy within the organization. Rather than opening the camp to unaffiliated invitees as well as prospects under the organizational umbrella, this year's camp exclusively features position players who have been drafted or signed by the team.

It had previously bee

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Meltzer’s Musings: Development Camp, Setoguchi, Kovalenko


* The Flyers annual summer Development Camp will be held from July 10 to 15. The Trial on the Isle will be on July 14. The full list of participants is expected to be released today. When available, I will add the roster to today's blog.

* One of the more interesting reclamation projects still sitting out on the unrestricted free agent market as of this writing is right wi

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Meltzer’s Musings: Hayes, Phantoms, Watson


* Silly Season Musing: The clock is ticking for the Chicago Blackhawks to get Kevin Hayes under entry level contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on August 15. The 24th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft is coming off a spectacular senior season for Boston College, for whom he racked up 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games. The Boston native also played for Team

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Meltzer’s Musings: Mueller, VandeVelde, LeClair Turns 45, Quick Hits


* The Philadelphia Flyers reportedly have interest in unrestricted free agent forward Peter Mueller if the team can find a way to free up some cap space to add a forward. Now 26, the former eighth overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft spent last season in the Swiss National League A with the Kloten Flyers. Mueller led the league in goal-scoring with 24 goals and finished third

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