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3 Flyers thoughts: Brink's highlight-reel passes, reliable Giroux, more

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The 2020-21 NHL season is getting closer (kind of ... we think).

As things hopefully continue to develop between the NHL and NHLPA, let's get into three more Flyers thoughts.

1. Bobby's world

So many speak highly of Bobby Brink's cerebral game; it's why they don't care too much about his 5-foot-8 height.

He thinks and sees the game that well.

In the second outing of his sophomore season at Denver, the Flyers' 2019 second-round draft pick showed off the smarts. Oh, and the skill and vision.

The winger collected a pair of primary assists in the Pioneers' 4-3 overtime loss Friday night to North Dakota.

On the second helper, Brink really threaded the needle. Catch him on the tube around the holidays.

2. Don't forget the defense

Before the Flyers moved up to grab Brink on Day 2 of the 2019 NHL draft, they selected Cam York in the first round.

The Michigan sophomore has all the offensive punch on the blue line.

Just check out his latest goal from the Wolverines' 9-5 loss Thursday night to Penn State.

But York wants those to know about his defensive strengths, too. He is a plus-5 and tied for Michigan's team lead in blocked shots with 12 through eight games entering Saturday.

Here's what he said at development camp in June 2019:

 

"Offensively, I feel like I'm dynamic and can make plays happen, but defensively, I feel like I don't get enough credit for what I do."

3. Credit to the captain

Over the last 10 seasons, Claude Giroux is the only NHL player to rank in the top 10 in all three of the following:

• Faceoffs won — 8,047 (third)

• Points — 741 (fourth)

• Games — 763 (sixth)

In a physical and demanding game, Philadelphia's longest-tenured active athlete deserves more credit for how durable he has been.

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