Preseason 5 Things: Flyers vs. Bruins

Here are five things to look out for when opening the pre-season:

1. Opportunities for young players

The Flyers desperately need several young players – rookies and young veterans – to strengthen themselves this season. From the start of the pre-season, these players will be challenged to take advantage of opportunities to earn roster spots, earn 5-on-5 ice time, and/or deploy more special teams.

New Flyers head coach John Tortorella said Friday that general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr (with input from team scouts) will be the ones to set the team’s roster. for the first three preparatory matches. This will allow management to select the specific actors they wish to assess from the outset.

None of the veteran players who are locked out for training will be in Saturday’s roster. This includes the likes of Kevin Hayes, Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny, James van Riemsdyk, Scott LaughtonNic Deslauriers, Ivan Provorov, Tony DeAngelo, Travis Sanheim, Rasmus Ristolainen, justin brown and goaltender Carter Hart.

Instead, the Flyers give players such as forwards Owen Tippet, Noah Cates, Morgan Frost, Wade Allison, Tanner Laczyński2020 first-round pick Tyson Foerster, Hayden Hodgson and Jackson Catesas well as defenders Cam York, Ronnie Attardand Egor Zamula the chance to show they can step up and impress in the starting lineup.

Projected Flyer Range:

Lycksell – Frost – Tippett
N. Cates-J. Cates-Foerster

Zamula – Seeler
Connauton – Belpédio

2. Veteran Test players Anisimov and Roussel

Two longtime NHL players who will be part of the Flyers roster for the first game of the preseason: two-way center Artem Anisimov and agitated left winger Antoine Roussel. Anisimov, 34 (771 NHL regular season games, 43 Stanley Cup Playoff games) and Roussel, 32 (607 NHL regular season games, 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games) are both at Flyers camp for pro tryouts.

Anisimov centered Konecny ​​and van Riemsdyk in Friday’s first scrum. Although Tortorella warned fans and the media not to read anything into the scrum or early pre-season line-ups in terms of roster ratings, the fact that Tortorella previously coached Anisimov with Rangers, praised his hockey intelligence and versatility and gave him an immediate chance to play alongside two players. who are NHL roster locks at least suggest Arisimov has a chance of earning an NHL contract. In Saturday’s game against the Bruins, Anisimov will be seen in a more bodychecking role than he played in the first scrimmage.

The potential long-term absence of the injured Sean Couturier also creates a need for another center with extensive NHL experience in a wide variety of game situations (including both shorthanded and power play) in the past. Thus, Anisimov will play in different places in the formation during the pre-season. Later, he can even see the time on a wing.

Roussel’s journey to earning an NHL contract with the Flyers faces its share of potential hurdles. He’s competing for a spot on the NHL roster with many younger wingers, including Noah Cates, Allison, Hodgson and others.

Roussel’s placement on scrum day with teammates Jackson Cates and Charlie Gerard is less notable than the one Anisimov played with. Although the scrums are meaningless in terms of statistics (which are not officially kept), Roussel scored a goal in the second scrum on Friday after the puck passed Sanheim and Roussel jumped in and scored opportunistically. .

Veteran depth defender Kevin Connauton, who the Flyers claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers last season and re-signed with the organization (albeit on a two-way deal) is also in camp. He will try to overthrow the outgoing defender number 7 Nick Seeler for a spot on the NHL roster. Otherwise, he’ll go down to the Phantoms as a veteran leader on a largely youthful blue line and serve as a potential call-up option if Seeler or another D gets hurt.

3. Den In Glider

Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Ian Laperriere joked during rookie camp that there will be such a contingent of Swedish players on his squad in 2022-23 that the organization is considering changing the roster of colors of the Phantoms in blue and yellow of the Swedish flag and the Swedish national team.

The preseason opener at the Wells Fargo Center will feature three position players and one or two goalies dressed for the Flyers: Forwards Olle Lycksell and Linus Sandindefender Linus Högberg and at least one of the goalkeepers Felix Sandström and/or Samuel Ersson. The Flyers will also dress veteran goaltender Troy Grosenek, who is vying with Sandström for a spot on the NHL roster on opening night as a backup to Hart.

Lycksell had an outstanding rookie camp and rookie streak last week. Keep in mind, however, that the 23-year-old has had four years of top-level professional experience in the Swedish SHL. This gave him a competitive edge over many less experienced Flyers prospects at Rookie Camp as well as New York Rangers prospects who faced the Flyers in the Rookie Series. The challenge now is to show that he can stand out among established NHL/AHL players. Lycksell had two goals and an assist in Friday’s first intersquad scrimmage.

4. Lappy Coach

Laperriere and his Lehigh Valley assistant coaches Jason Smith and Riley Armstrong will be behind the Flyers’ bench for this game and Tuesday’s game in Buffalo against the Sabres. John Tortorella and his NHL assistant coaches Brad Shaw, Rocky Thompson and Darryl Williams will watch from the press box.

“Lappy” and his Phantoms team coached both halves of the Rookie Series last weekend. They were also in charge of all exercises at Rookie Camp, which took place from September 15 to 18.

5. Behind Enemy Lines: Monty’s Legion

The Bruins have a new head coach behind the bench in 2022-23. Jim Montgomery took over as head coach, replacing Bruce Cassidy (now coach of the Vegas Golden Knights).

Montgomery was previously head coach of the Dallas Stars, bringing much-needed structure and accountability to what had been a talented but underperforming club. Unfortunately, personal issues meant that Montgomery’s coaching tenure in Dallas was cut short. He then took control of his off-ice life. Monttgomery served as an assistant coach under Craig Berube in St. Louis and now has an opportunity to return to head coaching.

“Monty” is a household name and face for longtime Flyers fans. In the mid-1990s, he was a deep striker for the NHL club in the Terry Murray era. It was Montgomery who dubbed the dominating trio of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg as ‘the Legion of Doom’; a moniker that stuck to the line among dozens of suggestions. Later, as a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms, Montgomery was a key veteran player in the team’s Calder Cup championship winning 1997-98 season under head coach Bill Barber.

The Bruins’ game night list is below, alongside Philadelphia’s.

Tweet from @billmeltzer: Here are the rosters for tonight’s games for the Flyers and Bruins, along with tonight’s officials.

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