Flyers Rookie Camp Day 2
Voorhees – The Flyers did a lot of instructional drills today separating the defense and the offense. The players definitely learned a lot today for sure. Here is a new scouting list for today:
Adam Phillips – 6-6, 195 – This blueliner could be something after a few years in college beefing up. He has some skills but if he adds 20 or so pounds on we could be looking at a completely different player.
Tom Sestito (pictured left) – 6-5, 228 – He has checking center written all over him. He can score down low and has a lot of moxy. He has a good heavy shot and he likes getting garbage goals. This was only his 4th time on the ice since his surgery at the end of the season. He will be around town all year working out. If anybody has a great chance of making the team it’s this guy.
“Yeah, I just go in front of the net and whack away. Ice was a little rough out there today. The “D” hacked it up a bit today…It’s always the “D’s” fault (he joked)… I want to make the team. I don’t just want to make the team to be on it. I want to contribute. Score goals…I’ll fight pretty much anybody in the league.”
Petr Placek – 6-4, 210 – This big winger is currently wearing #68. He has a terrific snap shot and good stick and puck skills. He was the 176th overall pick and he came out of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He is a long-term guy with lots of upside.
“When I had an interview with John Riley (Flyers scout), and I was asked who my favorite player was, and I said, “It was Jaromir Jagr so when I got here they gave me the number.” When I asked if what he would do if he made the team the Czech prospect quickly replied, “I would give him his number, no doubt….I didn’t feel that bad out there.”
J.T. Brown – 5-10, 170 – This left winger is camp jumping, on his own dime, he is also attending the Minnesota Wild camp. He is a big reason that Minnesota-Duluth won a national title and he was named “best player”. He is a sturdy built guy whose stick skills improved as the day went on. He has a very quick release.
Sean Couturier – 6-4, 191 – Today was the day for him to show off the best one-timer in camp and during the stick drills, he seemingly had the puck glued to his stick, when he was doing the one-handed version. He said he had practiced it a little bit but they aren’t to be used in games. He is a serious guy!
“As the week goes on its getting better and better. A lot of guys haven’t skated in a while….Day-to-Day you have to get better.” (something he was used to doing when he was a part of Team Canada’s U-18 camp this past winter).
Brendan Ranford – 5-10, 182 – This left winger has worked hard. He told me he wants to get faster and he already has. He showed off a fast, hard wrist shot today.
Eric Wellwood – 5-11, 179 – This left winger has been gliding on the ice, showing off great stride, and his passing and shooting have been solid. He has a chance to be on the Flyers this year at some point.
Tye McGinn – 6-3, 207 – He has gotten a lot faster than last season because of a more powerful stride. He will be a big NHL winger someday but he is a big guy who will be a late bloomer.
Derek Mathers – 6-2, 226 – Paul Holmgren wanted to get bigger on the wing and someday some of these prospects, maybe Mathers, will live out that dream. This year’s 7th rounder may be known for fighting but he has some other skills and he had a good day.
More to come…