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2019 NHL draft: 5 players in combine who might interest Flyers at No. 11

2019 NHL draft: 5 players in combine who might interest Flyers at No. 11

The 2019 NHL Scouting Combine has been underway in Buffalo, New York, this week and runs through Saturday.

General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the scouting staff will continue doing their homework leading up to the June 21-22 draft in which the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick.

Let's take a look at five players participating in the combine who might interest the Flyers at No. 11:

Victor Soderstrom, D, 5-11/179, Brynas (SHL)

One of the better blueliners in the draft, Soderstrom is known as a smooth and skilled player with the all-around package. The NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked European skater played 44 games this season in the competitive Swedish Elite League.

The Flyers have drafted four forwards in the first round over the past two drafts and haven't selected a defenseman in the first round since Ivan Provorov in 2015, so replenishing the position will be important. The Flyers also have a recent track record of drafting Brynas products.

Cole Caufield, RW, 5-7/162, USA U-18 (NTDP)

Yes, those are Caufield's correct measurements. While he's tiny, he can flat-out score the puck. In 64 games this season with the U.S. national U-18 team, Caufield went off for 72 goals and 100 points. He has a big-time shot and adeptly uses his size.

In 2018, the Flyers drafted two players (Joel Farabee, Gavin Hain) out of the U.S. national team development program. The club has added more size into the pipeline, so snatching a smaller winger shouldn't be a problem.

Next season, Caufield will play at the University of Wisconsin, joining Flyers prospect Wyatt Kalynuk, a junior with the Badgers.

Peyton Krebs, C, 5-11/180, Kootenay (WHL)

The Flyers have always liked versatile centers and Krebs is one. The WHL product is elusive, makes plays and sees the ice. He does a lot for the ICE, who went 13-45-10 this season. He scored 68 points (19 goals, 49 assists) in 64 regular-season games during 2018-19 and had a strong U-18 IIHF World Junior Championship performance, scoring 10 points (six goals, four assists) in seven games for Canada.

Interestingly, his head coach with the ICE is James Patrick, the uncle of Flyers center Nolan Patrick.

Thomas Harley, D, 6-3/188, Mississauga (OHL)

A defenseman that possesses quality size, length and upside, Harley had the fourth-most assists among OHL defensemen this season with 47, to go along with 11 goals over 68 games.

He turns 18 on Aug. 19 and is the 11th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

Philip Broberg, D, 6-3/199, AIK (Allsvenskan)

Broberg is a Swedish blueliner with elite skating ability and excellent size. He moves the puck up the ice like a forward and has played against strong competition.

NHL Central Scouting had Broberg third in its midterm marks for European skaters before slotting him fifth in the final rankings.

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Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier reveals an interesting nickname and clowns Michael Raffl

Sean Couturier has been in Philadelphia for nine years and there's a nickname that hasn't become public.

On Saturday night, the NHL tweeted out a video of Couturier to promote the NHL Gaming World Championship. This is where we learned of this interesting nugget.

Paul Bissonnette, the host of the video, alerts Couturier that he had some dirt on the nine-year veteran from Claude Giroux.

It's revealed that his teammates call Couturier "Elton John" because when going in for a breakaway, he sometimes looks like he's carrying a piano on his back.

That's one you can't live down.

Once the spotlight is taken off Couturier, he chose Michael Raffl as the biggest jokester on the team and started modifying some of his skills and attributes in NHL20.

For example, Couturier gives Raffl a high mark for speed, but pokes fun at his lack of physicality. The body checking attribute came down big time.

For the rest of Couturier's answers, watch the video here:

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Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

With the season on hold, many of the Flyers have gone back to their hometowns for the time being, until they receive word about what the next step will be for the NHL.

That gave Carter Hart the chance to check in with NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes on Friday night during an Instagram live. There, they talked about a wide range of things, including hobbies, an ugly suit trip and Hart even had a few teammates crash the chat room.

There’s a lot of extra time on the players’ hands right now, so what has Hart been up to? Mostly playing guitar and a lot of NBA2K.

He plays both electric and acoustic guitar, but it’s still a work in progress.

“I just wanted to get into something a little different,” Hart said. “I thought guitar would be the easiest thing to try and pick up, but it’s pretty hard.” 

And with the mention of the NBA, of course Weekes had to check in and see who Hart had been rooting for leading up to the season on pause. Obviously, many in Canada cheer for the Raptors but now that he’s playing in Philadelphia? 

“Living in Philly now, I've got to cheer for the Sixers,” Hart said.

Smart answer from the 21-year-old. And he certainly nailed the dynamic of the fans that he loves playing in front of. 

“If we’re sucking, they’re going to let us know,” Hart joked. “But if we’re winning, they’re behind us.”

Then a conversation that originally stemmed from pizza turned into Hart breaking down a roast session about him from his teammates. Apparently, the team had an ugly suit trip when it was off to Columbus — something that we’ll definitely need to do more research on — but Hart has only a handful of suits on the regular rotation. 

“I only have three suits,” Hart said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to wear this,’ and I show up to the plane and everyone was like, ‘That’s the suit you wear all of the time.’

“I was like, ‘Wow, what do you want from me? You guys hate it anyways.’” 

Of course, it’s all in good fun … at least we hope. 

And soon enough, his buddies crashed the chat. About 75 percent through the stream, Nolan Patrick joined the party and started to have some fun in the comment section.  It wasn’t long before the captain Claude Giroux tuned in as well, coaching the young goalie of how to get to his end point when talking in an interview. Always looking out for the kiddo. Former teammate Dale Weise even joined the chat party, so naturally him and Patrick were joking around. 



It’s safe to say these guys certainly miss seeing each other daily. Hopefully we’ll get more live streams in the near future. 

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