Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.
All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.
In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.
(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Phantoms defenseman Kevin Marshall, who will most likely be remembered most for his dance in HBO's 24/7 series, was shipped to the Capitals Thursday afternoon for forward Matt Ford.
Marshall was drafted by the Flyers in the second round of the 2007 draft. The 6-foot 1-inch native of Boucherville, Quebec never made the impact that would be expected given his draft position.
It's been no secret that the Flyers have had trouble developing young defensemen in the past. Whether or not Marshall was a victim of the system or himself is yet to be seen. However, in 10 games with Philadelphia this season, Marshall failed to register a point.
With fellow draftee Marc Andre Bourdon playing well in his role on the team and Erik Gustafsson's return from injury, the Flyers obviously saw Marshall as a moveable commodity.
The Flyers have announced that captain defenseman Chris Pronger will sit out the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with severe post concussion symptoms.
It was reported a week ago that Pronger had a concussion and would be out indefinitely.
“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement. "It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”
Holmgren also said Pronger will continue to receive treatment and that they are hopeful this won't affect Pronger's career.
In Part 2 of the feature about the pending difficulty of December, John Russo discusses possible moves the Flyers could make to sure up their blue line.
History states the Flyers have no problem with making trades that they feel help them "win now." It also states there is no way they let two untested rookies see nearly 20 minutes of ice time for the next 4-6 weeks.
If they make a move, who do they sign? More inside.
Flyers top prospect Brayden Schenn has been activated from the LTIR and sent to the Phantoms. Also inside, forward Harry Zolnierczyk is back with the Flyers and defenseman Kevin Marshall is sent back to Adirondack.
Preseason games are a time to look at the individual players. It’s hard to draw any conclusions about the team specifically because the lineups are different every night. The young guys and rookies get the most playing time in the first few games or so, so it does not paint a clear picture of the real team.
Defense isn’t a very glamorous position to analyze. Many people are going to be turning their heads when an 18 year old shines in the goal scoring department or when a new forward brought in during the offseason shows promise of bringing offensive depth. And a goaltender pulling off a shutout will cause discussion the same way a goaltender struggling will even if it i...