Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announces Travis Sanheim (not pictured) as the number seventeen overall pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats: Ron Hextall, Prospects, Recchi

Things are starting to heat up with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Travis Sanheim, the 17th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, showed he is still a raw prospect at development camp, but he still has tons of untapped potential.

The Flyers have taken a huge risk with their previous two first-round picks. Sanheim and Morin are raw but talented prospects with huge upsides. Both of them are huge projects, too. Neither of them were high on anyone’s radar when they began their junior career, but to their credit, they showed great improvement as the season progressed.

Based on my observations and reports I have read, I believe Morin is at least three years away from the NHL. His size is there, but he needs to improve his puck skills.

Sanheim already possesses incredible size and offensive skills, but he needs to work on the rough edges of his game. Sanheim is only 18 and Morin just turned 19, so their games have plenty of room to grow.

Mark Recchi has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as a development coach.

That makes two former Flyers who have trekked to the dark side of the state. Ew.

Bill Meltzer gives his two cents on Petr Straka.

Petr Straka was one of the most sought after free agents last summer after the Columbus Blue Jackets did not sign him to an entry-level deal. Straka was a solid offensive forward in juniors, but struggled in the AHL. Melzer broke down Straka’s point totals by month and it did not look good. Going into his second professional season with the Phantoms, Straka needs to produce.

Elliotte Friedman published his final “30 Thoughts” blog today.

Friedman went all out on his final blog of the summer. He posted 54 thoughts. Five of those thoughts detailed Ron Hextall, Vincent Lecavalier and Braydon Coburn. Hextall’s vision of the Flyers is refreshing to read. He saw how to build a championship team and he is bringing that mentality to the Flyers.

Other NHL News:

The Detroit Red Wings are getting a new arena in 2017.

Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche are going back and forth on his future deal. 

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