On Laughton and Others

Scott Laughton is an unusual spot when he comes into Flyers training camp this fall.

If Vinny Lecavalier is still on the roster, his chances of being there as a Flyer are slim and none.

In fact, right now, the organization has him penciled into playing his first season of pro as a Phantom and getting the experience he needs at a higher level.

What is very different, however, is that this

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Flyers Farm System Review: 2014 Off-Season


In recent years, the Philadelphia Flyers have chosen a slew of promising defensemen in the NHL Draft. The organization now has four drafted defensemen -- Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hägg -- whom they believe has futures as NHL regulars.

Beyond this core of four, the organization has drafted at least three other defensemen, most

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Meltzer’s Musings: Penalties, Development Camp, and More


* One area that the Flyers have said they'd like to change heading into next season is reducing the frequency with which they take penalties. The trade that sent heavily penalized Scott Hartnell to Columbus and the free agent departure of Steve Downie will likely reduce the number of times Philly has to go on the penalty kill next season.

Last season, Philadelphia played

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Meltzer’s Musings: Conditioning, Hartnell, Umberger, Larsson and More


* When the Flyers promoted Craig Berube from assistant coach to head coach early last season, one of the first changes he made was to stage frequent skating-intensive practices. Berube made no pretenses about the fact that he felt there too many Flyers players who were not properly conditioned; namely in the skating department. For the rest of the season, the coach frequentl

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