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NHL Daily: Flyers ‘Tip’ in Right Direction; Habs’ Slafkovsky a Work in Progress

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Owen Tippett (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Owen Tippett has thrived in his first full season with the Flyers since the Claude Giroux trade. Photo: AP.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ young players are playing loose, playing with confidence. They are also embracing the opportunity as they try to establish themselves as quality NHL players.

Right winger Owen Tippett is among the those who fits that description.

Acquired last March in the deal that sent Claude Giroux to Florida, Tippett has 13 goals in 37 games. The power forward is playing with an edge, and looks like a key part of the Flyers’ future.

While Tippett, 23, has made an impact, the Canadiens are being patient with a promising winger of their own, 18-year-old Juraj Slafkovsky, who was drafted No. 1 overall last July.

Montreal fans have been disappointed with Slafkovsky’s production in his rookie season: four goals and 10 points in 37 games. But Vinny Lecavalier, a former Flyer who is now a special advisor on Montreal’s hockey operations staff, is pleased with with the slow but steady progress the 6-foot-3, 238-pound winger has made.

“It takes a while to build confidence,” Lecavalier said on a Montreal radio station. “I like what he’s brought in the last 10 games. He has good intensity, he’s driving the net, and he’s using his size.”

Lecavalier, now 42, noted that he also started slowly in his rookie year with Tampa Bay (13 goals, 28 points). He finished with 421 career goals.

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