Training camp is well underway, as pre-season games have been played, players have been released and a countless number of pucks have been put into nets all across the league. Today’s camp gave us a glimpse into a few aspects of the Flyers that seemed worth sharing.
Sean Couturier: With a good portion of today’s skate focusing on the power play, it was his penalty killing that caught my eye. Couturier is rather aggressive on the PK, but isn’t reckless. He was tracking the play well and challenging the puck carrier, without making rash decisions. While I am a supporter of sending him back down to the Q for another year, he is certainly making the decision for the coaching staff rather difficult.
Sergei Bobrovsky: The surprise of last year’s camps and season, Bob seems as determined as ever to “steal” the starting job again this season. With 5.6 million reasons NOT to start Bobrovsky, his competitive nature is shining through. He was far and away the most aggressive goalie on the ice today. That’s not to say that Bryzgalov wasn’t, it is just that Bob’s “desire” seems more apparent. There are the lingering rumors of whether or not the Flyers will trade him, but at this point, it seems like a bad idea. Watching Leighton today as well made it even more blatantly obvious just how much the Flyers NEED a more competent back up like Bobrovsky.
Zac Rinaldo: Coming out on the ice after the main group had left Zac, along with Sestito, Gustaffson and Zolnierczyk came out for some drills. Zac is a sniper in a grinder’s body. He has a hell of a shot, and he can pick the corner like it’s nobody’s business. With the Shelley suspension, there will be room for a player like Zac to make the opening night roster. The key to him succeeding at the NHL level has to be his composure. The team loves his ability to hit, but he already has a nasty reputation. He’ll need to find an edge to play on, but not go over. If he does, I think we’re all in for a nice surprise.
Chris Pronger: Pronger skated for a good portion of the day with the team, leading the break out and quarterbacking the power play drills. He was shooting as well, although I didn’t see him take any real heavy blasts from the point today. Regardless of him dropping bombs from the point, it looked like his back wasn’t bothering him, nor was his hand. Whether or not he will suit up for the start of the regular season remains to be seen, but it was certainly good to see him out there.
Jaromir Jagr: His hands are still unreal. Even at his age, he’s still one of the best. He could lose a defender in a phone booth, it’s unreal. More importantly, if on a relative scale, he seemed to be really enjoying himself. As history has shown, a happy Jagr is a lethal Jagr. Let’s hope he stays happy.