Sep 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin (55) during preseason game against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Hextall, Flyers Rookie Camp: Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats

September is upon us, and we are only a few weeks away from preseason hockey.

Ron Hextall does not believe the Flyers are an elite team, but does believe ‘we are headed in that direction.’

We’ve got to find a way to get some chemistry there. Whether a player or two has to change on that line, we have to find some chemistry, some guys who fit together better. -Ron Hextall on the second line.

Hextall’s blunt assessment of the Flyers is refreshing to hear in an age where most front office suits give the same cliche answers. He knows the team is a shade above average and mellows the expectations. He has all the right moves for a team that should have been eliminated from the playoffs long before Game 7.

Hextall seems to have a different way of thinking. He is not wrapped up in the idea bullying his way to a Stanley Cup. He wants to keep a skilled, competitive team on the ice, but he will not sacrifice the future. If the prospects develop to solid NHL players in the next few years, the Flyers could become a serious contender for the Cup.

Speaking of the future, the Flyers released the Rookie Camp roster and schedule.

Rookie Camp will begin on Sept. 12 and the annual Flyers-Capitals Rookie game will be held on Sept. 16.

After years mediocre rookies, fans should be excited for the future. First-round picks Scott Laughton, Samuel Morin and Travis Sanheim will all participate in hopes of joining the Flyers at training camp three days after the rookie game.

Fans will also get a better look at Robert Hagg, Shayne Gostisbehere and Anthony Stolarz, who will all join the Phantoms for their first full year of professional hockey. Out of the young group, Hagg and Laughton have the strongest chance to earn an invitation to training camp. Keep an eye out for defenseman Mark Alt as well.

The Flyers charity golf outing is expected to raise upwards of $1.5 million for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Say what you want about how Snider runs this team, but the man cares about giving back. The workers at the ESYHF not only teach the game, but valuable off-ice lessons as well.

Other news:

Kimmo Timonen is on Twitter.

Gary Bettman continues to shoot down the possibility of expansion.

The Boston Bruins and David Krejci came to terms on a six-year, $43.5 million contract. Think that’ll come into play when Jakub Voracek’s contract expires? 

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