Phladelphia Flyers Development Camp takes place
this week featuring 31 young prospects and hopefuls
which includes 11 players from the 2012-13 Adirondack
Phantoms. The camp runs Monday through Thursday
at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees,
NJ with the traditional excursion to the beach
in Stone Harbor, NJ for the Trail on the Isle
taking place on Wednesday.
It's a quick mid-summer gathering for some hard
hockey training which includes the instruction
and direction of the Flyers coaches and instructors.
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The 11 players with Phantoms experience attending
the camp this week include eight forwards, two
defensemen and one goalie. The eight forwards
are Brandon Alderson, Tyler Brown, Nick Cousins,
Kyle Flanagan, Andrew Johnston, Scott Laughton,
Derek Mathers and Marcel Noebels. Mark Alt and
Matt Konan are the two defensemen from last year's
team and goalie Cal Heeter is also at the camp.
Most of those players are expected to be a part
of this coming season's Phantoms team too.
Four of those players spent the majority of the
season with Adirondack: Tyler Brown, Marcel Noebels,
Matt Konan and Cal Heeter. Most of the others
were late season acquisitions who were receiving
their first taste of professional hockey following
the conclusion of their collegiate and Major Juniors
Two of the players at the camp have NHL experience.
Scott Laughton began the NHL season with the Flyers
in January before returning to Major Juniors for
most of the rest of the season. And Matt Konan
was a late-season callup to Philadelphia at the
conclusion of his successful rookie campaign.
Ian Laperriere is the Flyers director of Player
Development. He told flyers.nhl.com that he's
changing up the camp a little bit this season.
No scrimmages due to risk of injuries in the middle
of the summer. And fewer players too.
“There are going to be a lot less players,”
Laperriere said. “We will primarily have
players we’ve drafted or players we have
signed under contract. And the few (non-roster)
invites we do have are going to be players that
we want to get another look at.”
“I don’t believe in brining kids
in during July and have a training camp atmosphere,”
Laperriere added. “It’s not fair to
anybody. It’s not fair to the kids to be
expected to be in top shape in July, which I don’t
think they should be. They should be in good shape,
but not ready to compete.”
While the camp officially begins Monday morning,
the players have actually already arrived on Sunday
and posed for their group photo and begun their
unloading of equipment and off-ice workouts.
The camp is sometimes the first taste of the
Flyers organization and first visit to the Philadelphia
areafor many of the youngsters and it is also
their first chance to interact with the coaches
and instructors. Some recent Prospect Camp attendees
the past couple of seasons have included Brayden
Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Read,
Tye McGinn, Jason Akeson, Eric Wellwood, Brandon
Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and many more.
Some of the players this season may choose to
stay in the Philadelphia area after the camp's
conclusion to continue their training at the Flyers'
facility. Others will head back home to continue
their training there. Many of the players at the
Development Camp will return to Voorhees in just
a couple of months for the team's Rookie Camp
in September which is followed by the Philadelphia
Flyers Training Camp and schedule of NHL preseason
Then, for some, it will be off to Glens Falls
sometime later in the month of September to continue
preseason training with the Phantoms which includes
a preseason exhibition game against the Albany
Devils on September 28 at the Glens Falls Civic
The 25th season of AHL excitement in Glens Falls
is coming this October! The first official drop
of the puck takes place September 28 with a preseason
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Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.