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5 observations from Flyers development camp

VOORHEES, N.J. — The drills and competition picked up on Day 2 of Flyers development camp.

Day 1 on Friday consisted mostly of solo work and hammering away at fundamentals.

On Saturday afternoon, the split position groups gave way to some fun 1-on-1 battles between forwards and defensemen after some inner-position sets in the morning.

Let's look at a few moments that stuck out with five observations from the day:

1. You can tell German Rubtsov played a bit in the KHL.

His hands are legit and he can stop and go under control.

In a 1-on-1 situation against a defenseman, he maintained possession and scored on a nice backhanded shot in between the circles.

On a few occasions, the 2016 first-round pick went up against one of the Flyers' top defensive prospects in Travis Sanheim, making for an interesting matchup. Rubtsov didn't score but offered Sanheim a good challenge.

It's no surprise Rubtsov, who turned 19 years old in June, went off for 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 16 games once he shifted to the QMJHL.

2. Speaking of Sanheim, his skating is impressive.

The 21-year-old shifts and pivots really well and just looks like an NHL defenseman now that he's filled out at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds.

He's an offensive-minded guy that has improved his defensive game. He's in his fourth development camp, which is why everything has looked so natural to him.

3. There was great competition between forwards Oskar Lindblom and Mike Vecchione, two of the camp headliners, in a late morning drill. One forward had to sustain possession in a tight area while the other applied pressure with the forecheck and poke check.

Vecchione, a four-year college standout, is the oldest player in camp at 24 and is mainly here to be a good influence and get further acclimated to the Flyers before training camp. He's made things look easy and was a great partner for the soon-to-be-21-year-old Lindblom, the prospect everyone wants to see now and in the big camp.

Both clearly are advanced players from their previous destinations. Vecchione's edge and Lindblom's size made the drill a must-watch among all the action happening at once. 

The two appreciated the back-and-forth after the whistle blew.

4. Morgan Frost has some handles.

The Flyers' other first-round pick from last month showed it with quick and decisive stick work in a 1-on-1 bout, deking a defender a few times to get a look on net.

He's only 18 and in the early stages of growing into his body, but you can see the skill already there.

5. It's hard to believe Ivan Kosorenkov went undrafted.

The 19-year-old Russian winger scored on a nasty move in a 1-on-1 drill and displayed some more shortly after, even eliciting a stick tap from his group to end the session.

He's looked worthy of this camp invite.

"Certainly a kid who could have got drafted but didn't," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Friday. "There's a lot of bubble guys. There were a few guys in the seventh round we would have liked to pick.

"I wish the draft was 10 rounds, 12 rounds, personally."

Kosorenkov probably does, too.