What a training camp it has been thus far for the Philadelphia Flyers and their proud orange clad fans. The world has seen glimpses of the Flyers future at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ for the past five days. Will all these prospects work out? Maybe not, but some will.
Throughout the duration of camp, different players have stood out on various days. Moreover, some have remained pretty consistent throughout. Some veteran players excelled yesterday, while today some prospects really stepped it up a notch. It’s time to get the juices flowing for the three takeaways from day five of training camp.
Lindblom has had quite a training camp thus far. He’s like a rockstar inside the Skate Zone. For good reason, as he has been featured with the likes of Claude Giroux, and Jakub Voracek as his linemates yesterday. Today, he was featured on a line with Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny. Lindblom adds another element to this line. His size, speed, vision, and overall hockey IQ is off the charts.
More importantly his patience with the puck, is that of an artist who’s drawing a painting. Lindblom is a fantastic passer, but he knows when to take the shot. He scored a few dandies today, and his skating was marvelous. Lindblom made a nice move around Nolan Patrick during a one on one drill, and he capped it off with a goal from a beautiful wrist shot. It’s going to be difficult for the Flyers top brass to leave him off the final roster this fall.
Lindblom (orange) vs. Patrick (yellow) pic.twitter.com/a5igZDdwW9
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) September 18, 2017
If I’m the real Nolan Patrick, “Please stand up, Please stand up.” Patrick has been dynamite throughout training camp. Of course, he had another great day on a line with the flashy Lindblom, and speedy Konecny. If this is Patrick at 100%, then NHL.com needs to revisit their top 20 rookies to watch in 2017-18. NHL.com left Patrick outside of the top 20 rookies to watch for this coming season. He is just so smooth with his skating, and his shot is like butter. Patrick is a pure natural goal scorer who proved yet again today that he is up to the task of whatever is thrown his way.
Patrick had a lethal wrist shot today. He is very sneaky as he maneuvers around defenseman. Patrick may not have been the star in the first pre-season game tilt, but that will improve as he sees more live action. Look for him to put on a show tomorrow night against the New York Islanders, at the PPL Center where the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play.
Can we stay steal in the draft of 2015? Vorobyev was drafted by the Flyers in the 4th round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He entered this years training camp with his cards stacked against him to make the big club this fall. However, Vorobyev has been a stand out at camp since day 1. On day 5, he had yet another stellar day. His skating is crisp, and his vision of the ice ranks off the charts.
Vorobyev had an impressive rookie game last Wednesday against the New York Islanders. He had a pair of assists in the Flyers 4-3 overtime loss at the Wells Fargo Center. Vorobyev uses all of his 6’2, 207 pound frame to his advantage. As each day of camp passes, he seems to get stronger and stronger. It would be hard to believe that he doesn’t make the Flyers roster next fall.
Wayne Simmonds missed his second straight day of camp with what the Flyers are calling a, “Maintenance day.” I think David Isaac a great beat writer for the Flyers may be onto something. It smells fishy. Stay with us for the most in-depth Flyers Training Camp coverage.
Giroux moved from Center to Left Wing on a line with Sean Couturier, and Jalub Voracek. Although, Giroux embraced the experiment, it was just as it was an experiment.