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Bill Meltzer's Archive

Quick Hits: WJSS, Berube and More

August 1, 2019 - 9:48 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 1, 2019 1) There is a break in the action today at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase. The tournament will conclude over the weekend with two games apiece on Friday (USA vs Finland, Canada vs. Sweden) and Saturday (USA vs. Canada rematch, Sweden vs. Finland). On Wednesda...

Quick Hits for Aug. 2: WJSS, Lindblom Usage, TIFH and More

August 2, 2019 - 7:27 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 2, 2019 1) WJSS: With two games apiece remaining in the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, all four teams in the tournament are in action on Friday. At 1 p.m. EDT, Team Canada will oppose Sweden (featuring Flyers defense prospect Adam Ginning). At 4 p.m.,...

Quick Hits: Final Day of WJSS, Murphy, Read and More

August 3, 2019 - 9:22 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 3, 2019 1) World Junior Summer Showcase: Saturday is the final day of competition at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. Sweden (featuring Flyers 2018 second-round pick Adam Ginning) plays Finland at 1 p.m. EDT before USA rematches with Canada at 4 p.m. ED...

Quick Hits: WJSS Wrapup, Farabee, Hart, TIFH

August 4, 2019 - 5:53 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 4, 2019 1) The 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich., came to its conclusion on Saturday as Team USA defeated Canada, 5-3, and Sweden defeated Finland, 6-3. The two biggest standouts in the tournament among the four participating Flyers prospects were their 2018...

Quick Hits: Couturier, Konency, Sweater Nos., WJSS, TIFH

August 5, 2019 - 12:05 PM ET

Quick Hits: August 5, 2019 1) With all due respect to the players on the top 20 centers in the NHL list that NHL Network's panelists selected, the omission of Flyers center Sean Couturier was glaring to the point of rendering the list laughable. When it's not sufficient to get on a top 20 list de...

Quick Hits: National TV schedule, August Caravan, TIFH

August 6, 2019 - 6:27 PM ET

Quick Hits: August 6, 2019 1) Twenty Flyers games will be on national television during the 2019-20 season, per a press release on Tuesday from the NHL and NBC. Eight of the games will be "Wednesday Night Hockey" broadcasts on NBCSN. Two will be NBC Game of the Week matinees on Sunday. Many of th...

Quick Hits: Flyers $200 Challenge, Stanley Cup in Bucks County, TIFH

August 7, 2019 - 2:53 PM ET

Quick Hits: Aug. 7, 2019 1) In the midst of the dog days of summer, Sean McIndoe (AKA, "Down Goes Brown") posted an article on The Athletic presenting a "$200 challenge" to build a starting lineup -- any three forwards, any two defensemen, and one goaltender -- who played on an NHL team of your c...

Quick Hits: Alumni in WCRE Game, Checking for Charity, Flyers Warriors,TIFH

August 8, 2019 - 5:03 PM ET

Quick Hits: Aug. 8, 2019 1) The 10th annual Checking for Charity tournament is coming to the Skate Zone in Voorhees and Pennsaulken as well as the Igloo in Mt. Laurel from Aug. 9 to 11. All games are open to the public and free to attend. Participating NHL players, AHL players and NHL prospects...

Quick Hits: Flyers Prospect Directory (NCAA, CHL, Europe), Giroux and More

August 9, 2019 - 10:29 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 9, 2019 1) It's time for the annual Flyers collegiate, junior and European league prospect directory blog, with links to the players' team websites and schedules as well as statistics from their league websites. It makes for a handy one-stop tool during the season. NCAA Div...

Meltzer's Musings: Gostisbehere at a Crossroads

August 11, 2019 - 9:48 AM ET

Time flies and hockey is a river of constant change: Now 26 years old, Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will play his 5th NHL season and 6th as a pro in 2019-20. This time a year ago, he was seemingly entrenched on the Flyers top pairing with Ivan Provorov and was coming off a 13-goal, 65-point...

Quick Hits: Giroux, Hart, TIFH

August 12, 2019 - 8:26 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 12, 2019 1) Flyers captain Claude Giroux placed 12th on NHL Network's list of the Top 20 wingers in the NHL; down five spots from last year (when he was ranked 7th after coming off a 102-point season and placing in the Hart Trophy top four for the second time in his career). It...

Quick Hits: Clarke at 70, Hart Turns 21, Pronger, Gostisbehere

August 13, 2019 - 12:40 PM ET

Quick Hits: August 13, 2019 1) Hockey of Hall of Fame inductee and NHL's 100 Greatest Players honoree Bob Clarke turns 70 years old today. He was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, on this day in 1949. In past blogs on Clarke's birthday, I have tried to find words to articulate what Clarke and his play...

Quick Hits: Race for 3W, Roundtable, Alumni Fantasy Camp, TIFH

August 14, 2019 - 12:10 PM ET

Quick Hits: August 14, 2019 1) This week on the Flyers official website, we are doing a three-part series of articles on the candidates for the open third-line wing spot in the Flyers lineup. Who will win the job for the ninth spot in the forward rotation, assuming that the top eight is some comb...

Quick Hits: JVR, Collegiate Prospects, 3W, TIFH and More

August 15, 2019 - 1:13 PM ET

Quick Hits: Aug. 15, 2019 1) Losing James van Riemsdyk early last season for a 16-game stretch and his initial struggles in the first month after his return (pointless in 10 of 13 games between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15; three goals and six points overall) put a significant damper on the team's hopes h...

Quick Hits: Hayes, Metro, 3W, Alumni Fantasy Camp Schedule

August 16, 2019 - 11:18 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 16, 2019 1) Without wading into the whole "controversy" over whether Kevin Hayes wanted or did not want to play for the Flyers barring a sweetheart contract offer to pre-empt UFA status come July 1 -- it's a moot point because 1) he's here and, of his own volition, signed a se...

2019 Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp Underway

August 17, 2019 - 5:20 AM ET

The 5th annual Flyers Alumni Fantasy Camp is underway in Atlantic City. On Friday night, the Alumni threw a first-class welcome reception at the Tropicana Hotel's "Top of the Trop" room. Apart from catching up with most of the attending Alumni at some point -- as always, Joe Watson came over to talk...

Quick Hits: Rubtsov, Chevalier, Alumni Camp Day 3, TIFH

August 18, 2019 - 8:13 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 18, 2019 1) While much of the early training camp attention next month will be focused on first-year pros Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost and whether either rookie will make the Flyers opening night roster, second-year pro German Rubtsov is flying under the radar to some degree....

Quick Hits: Vigneault on Patrick, Alumni Camp Finale, Broadcaster Stories

August 19, 2019 - 8:09 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 19, 2019 1) While the Flyers addition of Kevin Hayes should be beneficial to Nolan Patrick, it is also a challenge to Patrick to elevate his game on a more consistent basis. While new head coach Alain Vigneault hopes to see a sort of 2A/2B dynamic emerge in the middle of the fi...

Quick Hits: Konecny, Jones, TIFH and More

August 21, 2019 - 9:43 AM ET

Quick Hits: August 21, 2019 1) The market of still-unsigned restricted free agent forwards this summer includes Brayden Point, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine, Mikko Rantanen, Matthew Tkachuk, Brock Boeser and Kyle Connor. Kevin Fiala is also an RFA this summer. Flyers RFA Travis Konecny will not comm...