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2019 NHL draft profile: Flyers like 'unique' winger Matthew Boldy as No. 11 option

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2019 NHL draft profile: Flyers like 'unique' winger Matthew Boldy as No. 11 option

The 2019 NHL entry draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant general manager Brent Flahr and the Flyers hold the 11th overall pick and nine selections in total.

"This draft's a little unique," Flahr said last week. "Especially in the top 15, there are a number of different types of players, which is interesting — some power wingers, some smaller scoring wingers, some centermen, there's a number of D, a goaltender.

"We've identified probably five or six guys that we think have a chance to be there at 11 and probably some of the other teams in front of us will dictate that. But we're really confident we're going to get a good player."

This week, we will break down options for the Flyers at No. 11.

Matthew Boldy

Position: Left winger
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left
Team: USNTDP

Scouting report

Last summer, the Flyers drafted two players (Joel Farabee, Gavin Hain) out of the U.S. national team development program. It wouldn't be surprising if they select another USNTDP product, given the program could see seven players go in the first round.

Boldy is intriguing because of superb scoring touch to complement his size.

"He's a unique guy — power forward with really good hands and can shoot," Flahr said. "He maybe played a bit of a lesser role than he normally would because of the depth of that team. A talented guy, certainly a guy that we like and other teams do, as well."

The Boston College commit is sly in the way he scores and put up 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists) over 64 games. He is the fifth-ranked player in the draft by TSN's Craig Button, while TSN's Bob McKenzie rated Boldy at No. 11, right where the Flyers are slotted.

Fit with Flyers

To have goal-scoring wingers like Farabee and Boldy in the system would be awfully exciting for the Flyers.

It seems like Boldy, a prospect the Flyers have probably seen a ton, could go anywhere from fifth to 12th. He has the potential to be a top-six forward and would only add to the Flyers' depth at the position. The organization is still somewhat slim on the wing.

"You're always going for the upside in the first round and finding the most talented player that you can, regardless of position," Fletcher said. "And whoever you think has the highest upside is who you are trying to land. And as Brent mentioned at 11, I think somebody will fall to us.

"Most teams probably have a consensus on who the top two players are. After that, I think from three to 15, it will be a lot of the same names, but teams will have them ordered differently, and I think that bodes well for us."

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Flyers-Canadiens schedule for 2020 NHL playoffs: Dates, game times, broadcast information

Flyers-Canadiens schedule for 2020 NHL playoffs: Dates, game times, broadcast information

After sweeping the round robin to earn the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, the Flyers on Wednesday will begin what they hope is a long and prosperous run through the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wednesday marks Game 1 of the Flyers' best-of-seven first-round series against the 12th-seeded (or the new eighth-seeded) Canadiens, who upset the Penguins in the best-of-five qualifying round.

As the higher seed, the Flyers are the home team for the first two games, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary. With no fans, the home-away distinction still holds importance because home teams are awarded the last line change in games, which can be critical to matchups when outcomes are in the balance.

For Game 3 on the national broadcast, NBC Sports Philadephia will still hold Flyers Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows with analysis and interviews. That will be the case for any games on the national broadcast.

Another thing to note is the potential back-to-back scenario with Games 4 and 5. Carter Hart played only once on no days rest during the regular season and it was in relief duty. Canadiens veteran goaltender Carey Price, who turns 33 years old on Sunday, played on no days rest four times, going 0-2-2 with a 3.76 goals-against average and .864 save percentage.

The Flyers went 2-1-0 against Montreal in the regular season, with a 3-2 overtime win Nov. 7, a 4-3 overtime victory Nov. 30 and a 4-1 loss Jan. 16.

Below is the full Flyers-Canadiens first-round schedule:

Game 1 — Wednesday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSP
Game 2 — Friday, Aug. 14, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSP
Game 3 — Sunday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 4 — Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSP
Game 5 — Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD, TBD
Game 6 — Friday, Aug. 21, TBD, TBD
Game 7 — Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD, TBD

Below are the schedules for the other seven first-round series

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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NHL goes full on dad mode with these jokes for fans watching at home

NHL goes full on dad mode with these jokes for fans watching at home

NHL playoff games create one of the most wild atmospheres in sports and a big fraction of that is due to the passionate fans that fill the seats. 

We all know that is not the case this time around, since games are being played in bubble cities and only a select amount of players and personnel have been allowed in. Surprisingly enough, not having fans in attendance hasn’t been too strange so far — watching from a television perspective, at least. The way the lower sections have been covered almost give the illusion to being an outdoor game. 

That, with crowd noise being pumped in? That’s just about as good as you can get, but the NHL hasn’t stopped there.

The league is aware of how crazy these circumstances have been and Rogers Arena in the Edmonton bubble is certainly having fun with it all. They’ve taken some of the most stereotypical announcements that tend to be said across the arena during games and found a way to make it absolutely hysterical. 

The fun started out during the Avalanche-Stars round robin game. With just a minute and a half to go in the third period and the Avalanche having a healthy lead, they made sure to say a reminder for all those watching from home. 

Nothing says a classic game like the iconic wave, right? Well, it turns out it was prohibited from this Golden Knights-Blues matchup. Does this mean the entire crowd wave or a simple wave hello? Were teams not allowed to be friendly to one another? Where does the NHL stand on a classic Ric Flair “WOO” during these times? These are the questions that will haunt us at night. 

There is a silver lining with watching games at home. Typically, concession stands close a little over the halfway point — since it allows for a prompt cleanup time. Seriously, who’s going to stand in line for a slice of pizza if the game is on the line with 10 minutes left in the third period? 

Anyways, now fans have the ability to head to concessions whenever they want … and one can bet the wait line is nonexistent. 

And, of course, the league made sure to thank and shout out their uh … fans. 

It’s been an incredibly fun tidbit to look for during games and one can only hope this will continue as the playoffs progress. 

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