Mar 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers Training Camp, Sean Couturier, Ron Hextall: Fly Over

Sixteen days until preseason hockey. Thirteen days until Flyers Training Camp begins. Ten days until the Flyers-Capitals Rookie game. Six days until Rookie Camp begins. Hey who’s counting, right?

Hockey season draws closer and closer by the minute and this writer could not be more excited for the 2014-15 season.

That excitement was heightened when the Flyers released the Training Camp roster complete with 36 forwards, 22 defensemen and six goalies.

Several youngsters will get a chance to play with the likes of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Steve Mason. It is invaluable experience that should make Training Camp even more fun to watch this year. Other than Scott Laughton, keep an eye out for several of the 2014 draft picks, including Travis Sanheim, Nicholas Aube-Kubel and Radel Fazleev.

Other big-name prospects who will get a chance to possibly crack the lineup are Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg and Mark Alt. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who signed a one-year deal over the summer, could be the dark horse coming into camp.

Ron Hextall is firm in his belief that the players cannot whip themselves into shape at Training Camp.

Our team was very diligent about training [this summer]. Our team last year? I don’t think was in great shape. I really don’t, for whatever reason. We better be in better shape this year. 1 and 7 [start]? We can’t do that again. -Ron Hextall

Hextall and Craig Berube are bent on making sure the Flyers do not repeat last year’s horrific start. A poor Training Camp seemed to be one of the root causes of the 1-7 start and Berube is determined to not let that happen on his watch. This is Berube’s first full year as a head coach so many eyes will be focused on him. He needs to set the tone for his players and demand a good effort from start to finish.

Sean Couturier is a defensive stalwart at 21 years old, but his offensive game has been a slow progression.

Couturier has already been considered a candidate for the Selke Trophy. He plays the toughest minutes on the team while still, on occasion, contributing offensively. Couturier’s wrist shot is underrated and if he can become a 60-point player, his wrist shot will be one of the many tools in his arsenal.

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