All the Philadelphia Flyers have reported to the Flyers Training Center ahead of the 2022-2023 season. Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes addressed the media today. Along with every NHL roster player reporting to the Flyers Training Center, the schedule and roster for the 2022 Rookie Camp was released.
Similar to the last off-season, this rookie camp will feature two rookie games against the New York Rangers. The rookie contests split, one a piece, during the 2021 Rookie Camp.
In three days, the Philadelphia rookies will make their impressions. Other prospects will build upon their 2022 Flyers Development Camp performance. Friday and Saturday will feature the two rookie contests with the Rangers, but on-ice camp sessions will take place Thursday and Sunday. Both scrimmages take place at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
So, just who is participating in the 2022 Flyers Rookie Camp?
Two forwards on the 2022 Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Camp roster were featured on the NHL roster last season. Noah and Jackson Cates, brothers who are battling for additional ice-time in 2022-2023, continue to push each other. Noah found his groove on ‘The Kids Line’ with Morgan Frost and Owen Tippett. Jackson scored his first NHL goal against the Montreal Canadiens.
Tyson Foerster played nine games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, never getting going due to a shoulder injury that shelved him for five months. He shined during the 2022 World Junior Championships, helping Canada secure gold.
Four other forwards at the 2022 Flyers Rookie Camp were previous draft selections. Zayde Wisdom spent last season in the OHL, totaling 38pts (9G, 29A) with the Kingston Frontenacs. Olle Lycksell competed in the SHL, compiling 34pts (14G, 20A) with Vaxjo HC. Elliot Desnoyers joined Foerster at the 2022 World Juniors but played on the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL, securing 88pts (42G, 46A.) Lastly, Alexis Gendron played for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL, totaling 46pts (30G, 16A.)
Rounding out the rest of the forwards at the 2022 Flyers Rookie Camp:
- Theo Rochette; Quebec Remparts; QMJHL; 99pts (33G, 66A)
- Tye McSorley; London Knights; OHL; 19pts (8G, 11A)
- Jacob Gaucher; Baie-Comeau Drakkar; QMJHL; 68pts (35G, 33A)
- Mikael Huchette; Quebec Remparts; QMJHL; 33pts (12G, 21A)
- Tyler Savard; Soo Greyhounds; OHL; 28pts (9G, 19A)
- JR Avon; Peterborough Petes; OHL; 68pts (29G, 39A)
Similar to the forwards at the 2022 Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Camp, two defensemen appeared on the NHL roster in 2021-2022. Ronnie Attard and Egor Zamula received an extended look in place of an injured lineup. Zamula was serviceable in his ten games. Attard took an additional step forward in fifteen games, then furthered his impression on Kjell Samuelsson two months ago in the 2022 Flyers Development Camp:
“If he ends up in the NHL, there’s going to be a little bit of struggle because to go from college, even if he played games at the end of last season, it’s a big jump to go from college to the NHL. I think he’s capable of doing it. There’s going to be bumps in the road, and we have to work with him, and I think he’s a very good prospect.”Kjell Samuelsson; 7/12/2022
There are still a handful of former defensive draft selections to keep an eye on aside from Attard at rookie camp.
Adam Ginning spent last season in the SHL with Farjestad BK, hoisting the Le Mat Trophy. Philadelphia housed Mason Millman exclusively within their system, splitting time between the Reading Royals and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Ethan Samson tallied 43pts (15G, 28A) along the blue line with the Prince George Cougars. Spending the most time on the Phantoms in development was Wyatte Wylie. Lastly, Brian Zanetti appeared in the 2022 World Juniors for Team Switzerland.
Rounding out the other defensemen at the 2022 Flyers Rookie Camp:
- Colin Felix; UMass-Amherst; Hockey East (NCAA)
- Adam Karashik; University of Notre Dame; Big 10 (NCAA)
- Will MacKinnon; University of New Hampshire; Hockey East (NCAA)
No goaltender on the 2022 Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Camp roster appeared on the NHL roster a season ago. Samuel Ersson is the only goaltender attending rookie camp familiar with the Flyers system. Ersson appeared five times for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, owning a 0-3-1 record with a 2.96GAA.
Other goaltender camp invites include:
- Jonathan Lemieux; St. John Sea Dogs; QMJHL; 16-19-4 (3.76GAA)
- Nolan Maier; Saskatoon Blades; WHL; 31-23-4 (2.82GAA)
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