Everything you need to know from Day 4 of Flyers Training Camp
Today Groups A and B had their training sessions simultaneously on different rinks. Separating the two groups to practice simultaneously set the Philadelphia Flyers training camp roster for a head-to-head scrimmage.
Emphasis was placed on units on the power play and on the penalty kill. During the scrum, the special teams claimed priority. Chuck Fletcher and Alain Vigneault want to get an idea, early on, what players can accelerate both units. Power play scenarios for the Orange team and the Black team were brought up during the scrums, although a real penalty did not occur. That is the purpose of training camp.
Group C did not skate in the morning. Yesterday, most of these players filtered into Groups A and B. Kirill Ustimenko would not be among the goalkeepers participating in the combined scrum.
In the continuity of yesterday, Tanner Laczynski remained absent because he changed his other hip. It’s a maintenance day for Laczynski to manage his injury. Linus Hogberg, who pulled his oblique, stayed outside. Prior to today’s session, there was no update for both players.
Here’s how day four of the Flyers’ training camp went:
By Bill Meltzer, here are the lines for the workout:
Group A looks like a potential lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers, but nothing is a âlockâ on day four of training camp. Martin Jones worked in the same group as Carter Hart, despite Group A nominating Samuel Ersson. Adam Clendening works with Group A instead of Yegor Zamula or Cam York, which isn’t completely surprising. Connor Bunnaman and German Rubtsov with Group A, but not Linus Sandin, opened my eyes.
Joel Farabee moved from LW to RW. The assumption is that he will play on the second row, pushing Cam Atkinson to the third row. This means Morgan Frost could place in the Flyers’ top six as a 2C. Derick Brassard, who has been the catalyst for several scoring games during the exercises, will fulfill the role of 3C. Scott Laughton will likely switch from C to LW on a fourth physical line with Nate Thompson and Nicolas Aube-Kubel.
As mentioned earlier, Philadelphia was determined to have a heavy special team session today. We have received a first glimpse of what the power units could be. According to Jordan Hall, this is what the first and second power play units can look like:
Laughton and Thompson make sense on the penalty kill with Travis Sanheim and Justin Braun. Ditto with Aube-Kubel and Oskar Lindblom.
By Bill Meltzer, here are the lists for Sunday’s scrum:
Sean Couturier and Morgan Frost made the first engagement of the Team Orange vs Team Black scrum. Today’s scrum serves as a preview for Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Flyers face the New York Islanders in their first preseason game.
Max Willman received a backhand pass from Garrett Wilson, leading him past Quinn Schmiemann. Willman, who displayed soft hands in a scrum ahead of the 2020-2021 season, beat Carter Hart for the score. In both teams, the hopes were playing.
Gerry Mayhew put the Orange team on the board after a long strike in the attacking zone. Ryan Ellis and Ivan Provorov were the puck moving agents, but Mayhew saved possession before scoring on a deflection. Provorov almost crossed the center but lost control of the puck. He returned the puck to Provorov, Ellis shot from the blue line, but Mayhew would gain credit for the goal against Martin Jones.
Tied at 1-1, the game dissolved into different staff scenarios (5v4, 4v4, etc.) Tyson Foerster scored a power-play goal for Team Orange, keeping the puck after Cam Atkinson breathed. German Rubtsov tried to play Derick Brassard with the puck loose in the crease. Brassard passed to Atkinson on the wing before relaying to Foerster, who scored a power-play goal. Another academic power-play goal started with Brassard a few minutes later, ending with Provorov.
All things considered, including the power play scenarios applied in the scrum, Team Orange beat Team Black, 4-3. The YouTube feed did not show Team Black equaling the game after goals from Cam York and Rubtsov. In the end, Elliot Desnoyers outscored Frost in a puck fight, resulting in this winning goal:
Photo credit: Alex McIntyre