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2019 NHL draft: Flyers take Ronald Attard with 72nd overall pick

2019 NHL draft: Flyers take Ronald Attard with 72nd overall pick

The Flyers snared another defenseman and another USHL product with their third pick in the 2019 NHL draft.

In the third round with the 72nd overall selection, the Flyers drafted Ronald Attard from the Tri-City Storm. The White Lake, Michigan, native had a big year offensively in the USHL, scoring 30 goals and 64 points over 48 regular-season games to earn USHL Player of the Year.

Attard, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound righty shot, was a plus-46. The 20-year-old improved drastically from his previous season in which he scored 15 points and was a minus-9 through 50 regular-season games.

"There are late bloomers, that's what happens in junior hockey and the USHL," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said Saturday via a conference call (see Flyers' draft recap). "He's a big body, he's a highly competitive kid, he's got an edge. He has a big shot. This year, it all came together for him. Sometimes the bigger bodies take some time — he found his confidence level, found his groove on a good team and had a tremendous year."

"The one thing about Ronnie is that he probably has the best swagger of any kid I've coached at the junior level," Tri-City head coach Anthony Noreen said to Tom Robinson for USAHockey.com.

Attard is headed to Western Michigan, joining Flyers prospect Wade Allison.

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Flyers mascot Gritty works on his dad bod at Planet Fitness

Flyers mascot Gritty works on his dad bod at Planet Fitness

Did you think Gritty was going to be satisfied with winning the NHL Fan Choice Awards honor for best mascot?

Think again.

The guy is not resting on his laurels this summer. He's training hard for 2019-20. He was seen working up a sweat Tuesday at the Planet Fitness on Christopher Columbus Boulevard.


(Picture courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Todd Berman)

Rumor has it Gritty is working on his summer abs.

Or maybe not.

Regardless, the orange fella knows how to stay in shape. He's a preparation junkie, a true gym (and rink) rat. Complacency is not in Gritty's vocabulary.

He's also not breaking glass and scaring kids, so that's a positive.

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Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

There has been plenty of talk about the Flyers' bottom-six depth.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel should be in the discussion when training camp rolls around.

The Flyers re-signed the restricted free agent Tuesday to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.

The 2014 second-round pick made his NHL debut last season and played a stretch of nine games from Oct. 30 to Nov. 17. He was a plus-1 with two shots in limited ice time (5:35 per game).

The 23-year-old winger is an intriguing piece to the Flyers' picture because of his speed and scoring ability, while also understanding a third- or fourth-line role. Over his last two seasons with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, Aube-Kubel has scored 34 goals and 76 points in 126 regular-season games. In his AHL career, he's a plus-35.

The Flyers have a job open for a bottom-six winger. Aube-Kubel will compete for a spot with guys like Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, Mikhail Vorobyev, Andy Andreoff and Kurtis Gabriel.

Fletcher has two more restricted free agents to take care of and they're big ones: Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny (see story).

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