The Flyers hosted the Capitals in their annual rookie game Thursday evening at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a nicely sized crowd. The game marked the first real hockey action in Philadelphia since May. The Flyers skated to a 3-2 win. Aside from going into the game to pick up a W, the rookies for the Flyers were looking to impress and get themselves noticed.
The best way to scout players in a game like this is to go by whether or not they stood out. Not every name on the roster is going to sound familiar; if a player impresses, it’s going to be fairly obvious. And not much can be said for a player that does not stand out.
A case can be made for why this year’s rookie camp and training camp are more important than they have been in previous years for the Philadelphia Flyers. It may seem like common sense to many, but there are several key things that go into the significance of this year.
Rookie camp got under way for the Orange and Black this week and a game against the Washington Capitals is scheduled for tomorrow night. Unless your team is participating in a tournament such as the one in Traverse City, rookie camp is fun to get into. But for Flyers fans, it's not usually as exciting. Luckily for a few thousand fans, there is that one Flyers rookie game.
Once the wrecking ball completed the journey through the Flyers roster following last season, there was no doubt apprehension would follow. And it has. The Flyers fan base has seen an interesting and at times, tumultuous offseason. The captain’s gone, his sidekick is in Columbus and the season’s around the corner.
The really tricky thing about Philadelphia’s offseason is that they really only added one known quantity to the roster. When an exodus the magnitude of the one that general manager Paul Holmgren put into action occurs, usually the return soothes the hearts and souls of the fans. Aside from forward Maxime Talbot, the new players in orange and ...