The bad luck continues in Tampa for the the Flyers.
Philadelphia came up just short in its quest to snap a long losing streak at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning held off the Flyers in the third to win 4-3, extending their seven-game home winning streak against the Flyers.
Steven Stamkos was as dangerous as he's ever been, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Valtteri Filppula picked up three assists for the Lightning.
The Philadelphia Flyers need to get the active roster to 23 by the start of the season.
They're at 26.
The Flyers got to that number when they sent center Scott Laughton and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Both, who were top candidates to start the season with the Flyers, will start in Lehigh.
The Flyers also waived veteran Zack Stortini. If he isn't picked up, he will join Laughton and Gostisbehere in Lehigh.
In the previous four previews, The TCL Flyers team delved into the players who will absolutely make an impact on the Flyers this season.
In the final chapter of this series, I will go into six players who I think will have an impact on this season, whether it be in the juniors or if they get called up to the Flyers some time this season.
I present to you the starting line up of the TCL Flyers Future Team:
(Photo: Flyers goalie prospect Cal Heeter could see some time as the Flyers back up this season if Ray Emery or Steve Mason get injured. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
TCL Flyers was on the scene for Flyers developmental camp Thursday morning and afternoon at the Virtua SkateZone in Voorhees, NJ.
Included in the roster of very young and hopeful hockey players were twelve defensemen ranging in ages from 18 up to 21 years old.
With defense being one of the toughest positions in the game to play and a position sometimes with a prolonged timeframe to develop well enough to break into the NHL, most of these players are ways away from representing the Flyers consistently in regular season play. But it is still nice to see how these young guys look in various drills.
Standing out yesterday were 21-year-old Mark Alt, 20-year-old Shayne Gostisbehere, and 21-year-old Matt Konan.
(Mark Alt talking with an instructor. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)