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Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny are still alive.

The Flyers reduced their roster to 39 players on Thursday, assigning 10 players to the Phantoms for their separate training camp, which opens on Friday in Lehigh Valley.

There were no major surprises among today’s cuts.

Goaltenders Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon, both of whom were outstanding during exhibition play, report to the Phantoms as the No. 1 and No. 2 candidates in net.

Stolarz had a 1.36 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in 88 minutes of game action. Lyon had a 0.67 GAA and .972 save percentage in 90 minutes of playing time.

Together, they teamed up for the 2-0 victory on Wednesday against the Devils (see 10 observations).

Also assigned were defensemen Robert Hagg and Reece Wilcox, plus forwards Radel Fazleev, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Tyrell Goulbourne, Corban Knight, Danick Martel and Mark Zengerle.

After four games in three nights, the entire camp roster had a complete off day on Thursday.

Sanheim and Provorov have stood out on defense with the latter virtually certain to make the team.

Konecny was very impressive in exhibition play on Wednesday (see story), and will be given a long leash in camp because of the competition at forward.

Both he and Provorov are just 19 and can only go back to junior if they don’t make the final cut with the Flyers.

Schultz injury
Wednesday’s announcement that veteran defenseman Nick Schultz would miss four to seven days with a lower body injury — a minor MCL sprain of the knee, according to sources — means extra opportunity for several younger defensemen.

Remember, Radko Gudas still is not 100 percent, but getting close to it with his right wrist fracture (see story). The two benefactors here could be Sanheim and Sam Morin. Provorov was going to be around until the very end, anyway.

The Flyers have four preseason games remaining. Schultz is expected to return for at least one of the final two games.

Alt injury
Defenseman Mark Alt, who would likely head back to the Phantoms for a fourth season, is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury suffered during a fight in Wednesday's preseason game. According to a source, it's a shoulder sprain from when he fell in the fight and hit the ice. The Flyers will know more in the next few days.

Inside Golf
The weekly 30-minute segment will feature the Flyers Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation when it airs on CSN on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m.

Harry Donahue visited Trump National Golf Course in Pine Hill, New Jersey, earlier this month to catch up with the Flyers. Others on hand are Mark Messier and ESYHF President Scott Tharp, plus Snider Hockey Chairman of the Board Bill Whitmore to learn about Snider Hockey.

The event raised over $1.6 million. You can catch the broadcast on CSN on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. It will also air on TCN on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.

Flyers training camp: 5 sleepers to watch

Flyers training camp: 5 sleepers to watch

We know about Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny.

Everyone has the 19-year-old building blocks circled as the Flyers’ two biggest roster hopefuls entering 2016 training camp.

But could anyone surprise?

Let’s take a look at five sleepers, players whom may not make the roster out of camp but might impress and join the orange and back at some point this season.

Robert Hagg, D, 6-2/210, No. 48
The Swede may not provide the offensive jolt like his defensive counterparts, but Hagg is sound in his own zone and seasoned for 21 years old. He provides quality size, a mature build — which is a big checkmark with general manager Ron Hextall — and penalty-kill experience. With two seasons at AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley under his belt, as well as four Flyers development camps, the 2013 second-round pick feels ready. “Absolutely,” he said in July. “I don’t know the time, but hopefully I can get a shot this year, that’s my goal for the year. We will see.” The Flyers’ blue line is far from sacrosanct and injuries/moves happen. Hagg, knowing his role, may be one of the more NHL-ready prospects in which Hextall would feel comfortable calling up.

Roman Lyubimov, C, 6-2/207, No. 60
Lyubimov is not your average rookie, having played 185 career games in the KHL, where he also competed in 39 postseason contests. The Flyers signed him away from Russia on a one-year, two-way deal in July after the 24-year-old “really popped at the World Championships this past year,” according to Hextall. Lyubimov is a depth forward likely headed to the Phantoms, but he’s here to compete and will certainly have his chances throughout the season to make the Flyers.

Taylor Leier, LW, 5-11/177, No. 58
A 2012 fourth-round pick of the Flyers, Leier had a cup of coffee with the big club last season when he was called up for six games in November. The 22-year-old produced at the junior level and has two AHL seasons on his résumé, the last being a 20-goal, 29-assist campaign in which he led the Phantoms in power-play markers (10) and was second in points (49). His time could be coming soon. “[Hextall's] been saying patience, and Taylor is a perfect example of that,” Flyers assistant GM and director of player personnel Chris Pryor said to CSNPhilly.com in July. “He has to grow as a pro and took a big step last year. He’s on the cusp from the AHL to playing in the NHL. Needs to get a little bigger.”

Tyrell Goulbourne, LW, 6-0/199, No. 56
Goulbourne brings feistiness to the ice and is a pest for opponents because of how hard he plays. Scoring isn’t his forte, but he can impact a penalty kill and brings an edge. The 22-year-old, a prototypical dirty-work player, made his presence felt in Wednesday’s prospect game against the Islanders. He’s likely a year away from the Flyers, but his style of game will have the team’s attention in Lehigh Valley.

Alex Lyon, G, 6-1/198, No. 49
The standout at Yale and the Flyers agreed to a contract for a reason after Lyon decided to forgo his senior year. The Flyers are high on the 23-year-old, who could climb the team’s goaltending depth chart. We’ve seen goalies get hurt and Lyon could be a dark-horse option for the club as a backup if he outcompetes Anthony Stolarz at Lehigh Valley. “He's very polished,” Hextall said in July. “We expect big things from him.” One thing is sure and that’s the Phantoms’ netminders will be fun to watch.

Tyrell Goulbourne makes impact felt as Flyers beat Islanders in prospect game

Tyrell Goulbourne makes impact felt as Flyers beat Islanders in prospect game

The Flyers' prospects took care of business Wednesday night in East Meadow, New York, beating the Islanders' prospects, 4-0, in exhibition play at Northwell Health Ice Center.

Anthony Salinitri, Steven Swavely, Tyrell Goulbourne and Carsen Twarynski all scored for the Flyers, who opened rookie camp Tuesday and begin main training camp Friday.

“It was a really positive night and a real good effort,” head coach Dave Hakstol said, per Flyers public relations. “Overall, individuals on the team got better from start to finish.”

Phantoms assistants Riley Cote and Kerry Huffman coached the prospects.

Goulbourne did a little bit of everything, as he picked up an assist to go with his goal and won a fight with a big lefty punch. The tough 22-year-old winger, who is set for his second AHL season at Lehigh Valley, also compiled nine penalty minutes for fighting and roughing.

Heralded prospect Travis Konecny helped open the scoring in the second period by assisting Salinitri’s goal. Radel Fazleev also recorded an assist, while goaltenders Alex Lyon and Carter Hart teamed for a shutout.

The Flyers turned a 1-0 game into a 4-0 breeze with three third-period markers.

“To me what stood out was that the team settled in and got better and more sound in all areas of the game in each period throughout the game,” Hakstol said. “That’s what you want to see.”

The Flyers start their preseason schedule on Monday with split-squad games. One team will visit the Devils, while the other will visit the Islanders. Puck drop is 7 p.m. for both.