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2018 NHL draft profile: Martin Kaut, a Czech winger similar to Jakub Voracek

2018 NHL draft profile: Martin Kaut, a Czech winger similar to Jakub Voracek

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NHL draft, we're providing prospect profiles and how those players would fit with the Flyers, who have two first-round picks — Nos. 14 and 19.

The NHL draft takes place June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Flyers have nine picks with two in the first, fifth and seventh rounds and one in the second, fourth and sixth. They do not own a third-rounder as it went to the Detroit Red Wings for Petr Mrazek. The 14th pick conveyed from the Brayden Schenn trade. The final details were Schenn to the St. Louis Blues for Jori Lehtera, a 2017 first-round pick (Morgan Frost) and the 14th pick.

Our prospect profiles will touch mostly on prospects projected to go in the 10-20 range but some may require the Flyers having to trade up to select. We’ll identify those prospects.

Martin Kaut

Position: Right winger 
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175
Shoots: Right
Team: HC Dynamo Pardubice, Extraliga

Scouting report
Kaut took a big jump over the latter half of the season as his play improved with Pardubice in Extraliga (the highest level of pro hockey in the Czech Republic) and with the Czech national team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he scored seven points in seven games.

The most noticeable trait that stands out for me is his unselfish, playmaking ability in which he has very good instincts and seems to possess an elite hockey sense of where his teammates are on the ice at all times. He appears most comfortable on the power play, where he sets up in the left circle.

Although he’s not a ferocious forechecker, Kaut is very good at protecting the puck in the corners and along the boards. Defenders have a tough time digging the puck out from under him.

Kaut also doesn’t shy away from backchecking as he’s very good at using his body, particularly his hips and stick defensively to play a disruptive game and separate the opponent from the puck. For his 6-foot-1 frame, Kaut skates well but seems to lack the explosiveness that can separate him from a defender.   

There’s nothing that Kaut does tremendously well, but he has a lot of very good attributes to his game that would carry over to the NHL. Although he has an impressive release on his shot, I don’t see him as being a high goal-scoring forward but definitely one that has the ability to rack up assists.   

He needs to fill out his frame a little more.

Fit with Flyers
Right now, Kaut is projected to be selected in the 20-35 range of the draft, which would put him outside the Flyers' top two picks. I think the Flyers can do better than Kaut at No. 19 overall, but if he slides into Day 2, teams should have him high on their draft boards. 

Kaut has the potential to be a solid second-line and definitely third-line winger for the Flyers and I see some similarities with Czech native Jakub Voracek. Kaut doesn’t have the ability to overpower players and carry the puck into the zone like Voracek does, but the offensive elements are comparable.

What is Kaut’s potential ceiling and can he continue his upward path in his development? That’s the question the Flyers' organization has to answer in its assessment of Kaut. If the team believes he’s just scratching the surface, he could be a very exciting prospect.

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Flyers 4, Bruins 2: Sean Couturier records first career regular-season hat trick in win

Flyers 4, Bruins 2: Sean Couturier records first career regular-season hat trick in win

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Would you believe the Flyers have their first winning streak in almost a full month?

Sean Couturier registered his first career regular-season hat trick Wednesday night as the Flyers knocked off the Bruins, 4-3, at the Wells Fargo Center. It's the Flyers' second straight win and second straight game in which a Flyer had a hat trick — James van Riemsdyk had one Monday.

Despite being badly outshot, the Flyers received outstanding goaltending again from Carter Hart, and surprisingly, the penalty kill is stepping up in a big way.

• There’s been a lot of talk linking the Bruins and Wayne Simmonds. The Bruins, having scratched David Backes for this game, have been looking to add some toughness and grit. If the two sides engage in trade talks, there’s two players that caught my eye in this game: left winger Peter Cehlarik and defenseman Brandon Carlo. Of course, the Bruins may not have interest in parting with either player, but Cehlarik certainly looks like a player who could be slotted in a top-six role, scoring two, while Carlo brings size and an ability to jump in offensively.

• I’ve discussed how the Flyers' PK was a personnel issue during Dave Hakstol’s time here when he tried to incorporate guys like Oskar Lindblom and Jori Lehtera into a heavy PK role. Lindblom has improved his shorthanded play, and it showed in this game. Operating at roughly 83 percent over their past 25 games, the PK had a defining moment in this game when it was forced to kill a five-minute major. It helped tremendously that the penalty extended from the end of the second period to the beginning of the third, but not only did the PK keep the Bruins to the outside, but Hart came up with three key saves.

• Not just that, but the Flyers were also whistled for too many men and Scott Laughton was called for hooking with eight minutes remaining in regulation. This may be the first game this season where the Flyers can say their penalty kill won them the game.

• The result of the extended power play came as a result of a boneheaded play from Lehtera after he dumped Ryan Donato head-first into the boards. It was Lehtera’s second penalty as he racked up 17 PIM and barely saw the ice in the third period. In case you’re asking, I have no idea why he’s still on this team. They can’t dump him in Lehigh Valley as the Phantoms have reached their veteran max, but after this game, the only way I’m playing Lehtera is in the event of an emergency.

• I was surprised at the pace of the opening 20 minutes — very loose and open as you would expect the Bruins to play tighter defensively. The Flyers had a couple of cross-ice plays that led to quality scoring chances, including one from Nolan Patrick, who was robbed by Jaroslav Halak’s right pad on the crease. Once again, that third line of Patrick, Simmonds and Laughton played well and gelled early.

• Flyers leading scorer Sean Couturier added two goals in a span of one minute and 15 seconds before adding a third for his first regular-season hat trick late in the third period. Quietly, Couturier now has 19 goals and is now on track for his second straight 30-goal season. If I had to vote right now for the Bobby Clarke Award as Flyers MVP, Couturier would be the guy.  

• Couturier should have been awarded a penalty shot when he was interfered with in the final seconds of the game. Had David Krejci now obstructed Couturier’s path, he would have scored four goals.

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Flyers vs. Bruins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Bruins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Updated: 3:12 p.m.

VOORHEES, N.J. — Interestingly, the Flyers are one of three NHL teams, along with the Lightning and Golden Knights, that have never swept a season series against the Bruins.

And it’s not going to happen this season either ... 50 years and counting.

The Flyers (17-23-6, 40 points) will try to string together back-to-back wins as they host the Bruins (26-15-5, 57 points) Wednesday in their only matchup at the Wells Fargo Center this season.

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:

• When: 7:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBCSN
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com

• The Flyers are hoping they didn’t empty the tank against the Wild. 

Monday’s seven-goal outburst against Minnesota matched a season high in scoring after the Flyers tallied seven goals against the Senators on Oct. 10. In the Flyers' next game, they were shut out, 1-0, by the Golden Knights.   

• Can Nolan Patrick build upon his most impressive game of the season? Patrick is coming off a career-best four-point game with two goals and two assists. Interim head coach Scott Gordon said Patrick is able to hit that next level when he finds his “fifth gear.”

It comes a lot from moving my feet and holding onto pucks. It’s something I’ve been working on during practice every day and kind of make it a habit. I have fun playing every night. It’s nice to get out of a slump like that, but it doesn’t change anything for me.

• Flyers captain Claude Giroux is one assist shy of 500 for his career. Giroux would join Bobby Clarke (852) as the only other player in franchise history to amass 500 career assists. Earlier this season, Giroux passed Bill Barber and Brian Propp for second place on the Flyers' career assist leaders.

• Flyers forward Dale Weise cleared waivers Wednesday afternoon and will remain on the team's roster for now as no call-ups are planned at this point.

• May we see a penalty-filled game? The Flyers and Bruins are two of the most penalized teams in the league, ranking second and third respectively, in penalty minutes per game. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean we will see a power-play filled contest. Boston ranks near the bottom (25th) in times it has played shorthanded this season.

The Flyers will face Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak for the second time this season. Halak shut out the Flyers back on Oct. 25 when he stopped all 26 shots in a 3-0 Bruins victory at TD Garden.

B’s defenseman Zdeno Chara scored two of his three goals this season in that previous game against the Flyers. Boston’s totem pole of a defenseman missed 19 games this season with a lower-body injury.  

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera-Phil Varone-Michael Raffl

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Andrew MacDonald-Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Mike McKenna

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