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Flyers Development Camp: Day Two Updates

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Samu Tuomaala, Egor Zamula, and others stand out on day two of the 2021 Philadelphia Flyers Development Camp while a new face (and a familiar one) arrive in Vorhees, NJ.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers took to the ice for day two of the 2021 Development Camp.

Many of the usual suspects made noise on day one. Cam York continued to be a poke-checking menace. Tanner Laczynski flexed his shooting skills alongside Tyson Foerster, who packs a shot like a Howitzer. Morgan Frost routinely created space close to the crease. Nothing unusual from what we already know.

If you comb through the finer details from Sunday, Foerster routinely took on Jackson van de Leest (the biggest prospect in the 2021 Development Camp.) Samu Tuomaala showed breakaway speed, opening the eyes of many. Unfortunately, Matthew Strome left early Sunday after suffering a head injury.

What about day two? If you kept your eyes peeled, a familiar face made an appearance the same day a new one offered her help.

Something Old and Something New

Cara Morey, women’s hockey head coach at Princeton, lent a helping hand as a guest coach.

Morey coached Princeton to their first ECAC Tournament title and set the record for wins in program history, amongst other accolades. Due to the pandemic, Princeton didn’t have a 2020-2021 season.

She had discussions with Wade Allison and Isaac Ratcliffe throughout yesterday’s session. Morey received her invitation from Brent Flahr, the Philadelphia Flyers assistant GM.

“He’s [Allison] definitely a one-speed player; a lot of energy. Looks like he’s a lot of fun to play with.”

Cara Morey; 8/30/2021

Shayne Gostisbehere was practicing in Vorhees, NJ as well, per Charlie O’ Connor. He continues to practice locally to where he’s from, working with Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny.

Talking Tuomaala

The headline draft pick from 2021 has generated a sort of buzz due to his skating speed. Within the roster, the Philadelphia Flyers don’t have a noted speed threat. Samu Tuomaala is literally and figuratively separating himself from the pack.

Ironically, scouting reports spoke about Tuomaala’s skating. This one, from Ben Kerr, described his skating as “hit and miss.”

What Chuck Fletcher acquired by drafting Tuomaala was one of the best shots in the entire draft class.

Tuomaala and Tyson Foerster could become the future tandem for the Flyers when they’re both called to the NHL roster. Both have powerful shots and are using development camps to improve their skating. On this shared journey to the NHL, the chemistry will mature. Then, Tuomaala becomes the driving right-winger while Foerster unleashes one-timers from everywhere in the offensive zone.

Day Two Standouts

Tanner Laczynski

He’s been consistent throughout the first two days of development camp. Yesterday, he looked to be moving pretty smoothly following hip surgery. He skated with Wade Allison in perimeter skating drills, moving from the goal line to the blue line with ease. Tanner Laczynski will compete for ice time at 4C with Morgan Frost and newly acquired veterans Nate Thompson and Derick Brassard. Check him out in action:

Wade Allison

Cara Morey already talked up Wade Allison. Yesterday, he lit the lamp in a shooting session with Chris Stewart. In my eyes, Allison is in a bottom-six role with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2021-2022. Furthermore, he may compete for an increase in ice time against Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Here’s Allison, gripping it and ripping it:

Egor Zamula

For only playing in two games last season, Egor Zamula made the most of his first impression. He arguably was more impressive than Cam York. They’re two defensemen on the cusp of making the NHL roster. Zamula possesses a more physical brand of defense to the stick finesse York inspires. Here, Zamula breaks up a pass by patiently defending Jon-Randall Avon:

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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Eric is a University of Delaware graduate with a degree in English. While in school, he began writing for different publications such as The Highlight Network, Amps and Greenscreens, and he did color commentary for the University of Delaware Men's and Women's lacrosse teams throughout the 2013 season as an alumni. Prior to being featured with Philly Sports Network, he began a pro-wrestling podcast with a childhood friend called the Totally Over Podcast. As an avid sports die-hard for all things Philadelphia, Eric is also a proud supporter of West Virginia University.

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