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