Flyers Daily: Countdown to Main Camp; Hexy Adding Size in Pittsburgh
Lehigh Valley Phantoms coach Ian Laperriere just got done directing the Philadelphia Flyers during rookie camp. Those 26 prospects will now try to make an impression during the team’s main camp, which begins with on-ice activities Thursday in Voorhees.
For the veterans, it’s a chance to start a year of redemption.
For the prospects, it’s a year to take a step up the ladder toward the NHL, though some of them (hello, Noah Cates) could be with the big team when main camp ends.
He said he “liked the improvement. They got better every day, and they asked the right questions. And they seem to like each other, which in four or five days, it’s pretty cool to see.”
In the 5-1 win, one in which Samuel Ersson starred in the nets, “we ran out of gas, but they kept pushing and waiting for the right chances,” said Laperriere, whose team was outshot,37-15.
The prospects, led by left winger Cates, will keep pushing at main camp Thursday. Two nights later, the Flyers will play an exhibition game against visiting Boston.
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