Flyers set to open week of prospect camp
It’s not unusual that most prospects taken after the second or third round aren’t in attendance at the NHL draft.
In other words, until they get to camp, most people never get a chance to see them live and in person other than scouts.
Starting Monday, however, you can see all seven of this summer’s Flyers draft picks as their rookie/prospect camp begins at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
Forty-three players will report Monday morning at 9 a.m. Half that number are invitees of the club, including Braydon Coburn’s brother, Greg, and James van Riemsdyk’s brother, Trevor. Both are defensemen.
This is the first chance for the Flyers to see towering goalie Anthony Stolarz – their second round pick this year - in net. He’s 6-foot-5.
The Flyers acquired that pick from Columbus in the Sergei Bobrovsky deal at the draft.
They’re also eager to get a look at the four defensemen they selected, including 6-foot-3 Swede Fredrik Larsson, whom they took in the fourth round.
Camp begins with two days at Skate Zone, then breaks for the annual Trial on the Isles on Wednesday morning in Stone Harbor.
Camp then resumes in Voorhees on Thursday morning and goes through the weekend, culminating with Sunday morning’s scrimmage at Skate Zone that closes the event.
Here’s a list of the Flyers 2012 draft picks who will attend:
● First round, 20th overall: C Scott Laughton, age 18, 6-foot-1, 177 pounds, from Oakville, Ont. (Oshawa)
● Second round, 45th overall (from Columbus): G Anthony Stolarz, age 18, 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, from Jackson, N.J. (Corpus Christi)
● Third round, 78th overall: D Shayne Gostisbehere, age 19, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, from Margate, Fla., (Union College)
● Fourth round, 111th overall: D Fredrik Larsson, age 18, 6-foot-3, 172 pounds, from Sweden (Brynas Jr)
● Fourth round, 117th overall (from Columbus): LW Taylor Leier, age 18, 5-foot-10, 178 pounds, from Saskatoon, SK (Portland)
● Fifth round, 141th overall: D Reece Wilcox, age 18, 6-foot-3, 184 pounds from Surrey, B.C. (Merritt)
● Seventh round, 201st overall: D Valeri Vasiliev, age 18, 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, from Russia (Spartak 2)Free agency
Monday is reportedly the day Phoenix forward Shane Doan has set to decide whether he'll re-signs with the Coyotes or seek free agency.
Long-regarded as one of the true “good guys” in the sport, whose leadership and 16 years NHL experience are valued among a Stanley Cup contenders, Doan would garner considerable interest, including from the Flyers.
Doan wants to re-sign in Phoenix, but only if he feels comfortable the team is going to be there next season. All of that appeared to have been settled recently, but yet another lawsuit surrounding the team, its lease and ownership could delay things until late July.
Flyer sources say they’d be interested if Doan opts to leave, but Detroit and at least nine other clubs, according to reports, also view him as an attractive commodity.E-mail Tim Panaccio at email@example.com