With training camp set to open on Saturday at the Skate Zone, here are five players to keep an eye on:
1. BRAYDEN SCHENN: Schenn, 20, has by far been the most impressive player in the Flyers’ three-day rookie camp this week. Schenn hung for 23 games on the Los Angeles Kings roster to start last season – and played in 8 – but an injury derailed his season and sent him back to junior hockey.
2. MATT READ: Scott Hartnell’s quote about the former Bemidji State captain says it all: “I didn’t know much about him, but skating with him over the past few weeks, it looks like he’s going to be a good player in this league.” Read, who netted 13 points in his first 11 pro games with the Phantoms at the end of last season, is a polished college product who can make an impact.
3. MICHAEL NYLANDER: The Flyers are hoping that Nylander, 38, can rekindle the magic he created with Jaromir Jagr in training camp. Nylander is camp on a tryout contract. The Swede has collaborated with Jagr for 226 of his 679 career points but the Flyers want to know how much is left in the tank.
4. ANDREAS LILJA: Will Lilja, 36, be able to beat out Oskars Bartulis for the No. 7 defensive spot on the roster? It’s an important depth position if Chris Pronger has health problems again this season. Lilja played 52 games with Anaheim last season and has won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.
5. ZAC RINALDO: One of the few with the real ability to breed fear in players on the ice, 5-foot-11 powder keg Rinaldo is looking to stick with the club in an enforcer role after getting a taste in two playoff games. Rinaldo, 21, has the energy and fitness to make an impact but the Flyers want to see if he has the discipline.
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