The Philadelphia Flyers turned a down 2016-17 season into some good lottery luck, landing the No. 2 overall pick and the chance to claim centre Nolan Patrick at the draft.

The Broadstreet Bullies appear to be halfway between a youth movement and a playoff push, and 2017-18 should provide a bit of clarity as to which one it is.

General manager Ron Hextall was fairly quiet on the free agent market, as he appears to look to some fresh faces to boost the lineup. He did, however, sign a new potential No. 1 goalie in Brian Elliott to replace Steve Mason. Elliott will need to find more consistency in his game if he’s to grab hold of the starter’s job and run with it behind a young defence that could feature some fresh faces in Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg.

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In addition to the Flyers’ young blue line getting even younger (read: 24-year-old Shayne Gostisbehere has reached veteran status), we may see some new blood on offence, too.

Two names to keep an eye on are winger Oskar Lindblom and college free agent Mike Vecchione, but like many Flyers fans, we’ll focus on …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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