Our selections for Flyers' 2018-19 awards

Our selections for Flyers' 2018-19 awards

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Our selections for the Flyers' 2018-19 team awards, which will be handed out before Saturday's regular-season finale.

Bobby Clarke Trophy (Flyers MVP — selected by sportswriters and sportscasters)

Boruk: Sean Couturier 

This is a rather easy one for me. Last season, I had Couturier penciled in until Claude Giroux put the team on his back and carried it to the playoffs. This year, Couturier was once again steady (not spectacular) defensively and led the Flyers in goals. This should be a unanimous selection. 

Hall: Sean Couturier 

Couturier does so much. He's first on the team in goals (career-high 32) and faceoffs won (728), second in points (74) and ice time per game (22:05), third in shorthanded ice time (181:55) and leads Flyers forwards in blocked shots (60). At 26 years old, he should be an untouchable right next to Giroux.

Barry Ashbee Trophy (Most outstanding defenseman — selected by sportswriters and sportscasters)

Boruk: Radko Gudas

Let's be perfectly honest here: no one defenseman on this team was outstanding, so I’m reverting to which blueliner was the most consistent and reliable. Ivan Provorov struggled throughout the first half of the season with giveaways in the defensive zone, while Gudas was steady all season long. Gudas cut down on many of the mistakes and miscues from his previous seasons.

Hall: Travis Sanheim

No defensemen truly stood out this season as Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere experienced down years after career seasons. Sanheim, who just turned 23, was the one who stood out the most when his role grew under interim head coach Scott Gordon.

Yanick Dupre Class Guy Award (Presented to the Flyer who best illustrates character, dignity and respect both on and off the ice — selected by Philadelphia chapter of PHWA)

Boruk: Andrew MacDonald 

Apparently, they don't want to have a multi-award winner in this category, so with Couturier winning the award last season, this is a rather easy selection. Say what you want about the Flyers' defenseman, but MacDonald has been a class act not just this season, but throughout his Flyers tenure. Never complains when he's scratched while also lending his experience to the younger players. 

Hall: Scott Laughton

Laughton has played his butt off every single game this season. He skates hard, is a max-hustle kind of player and treats the game right. He's been respectful, honest and accountable after each difficult loss.

Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy (Most improved — selected by teammates)

Boruk: Travis Sanheim

There are two names that stick out here: Sanheim and Oskar Lindblom. It wouldn’t surprise me if the players chose Lindblom, but considering the strides Sanheim took in Year 2 playing on the top pair with Provorov, while increasing his point total from 10 his rookie season to 34 in 2018-19, I think Sanheim has made the biggest jump in his overall improvement.  

Hall: Oskar Lindblom

Lindblom, a 2014 fifth-round pick, has taken major strides and looks like a bright spot for the future. His 15 goals are sixth most among NHL rookies and the 22-year-old has played just 13:42 a game this season.

Gene Hart Memorial Award (Player with the most “heart” — selected by Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club)

Boruk: Brian Elliott 

The Flyers' goaltender was the PHWA recipient for the Masterton Award for perseverance and dedication, so I think this award shares some of those same qualities. After gutting it out in last year’s playoffs, Elliott endured a second hip procedure in November after undergoing offseason surgery and has quietly turned in a rather respectable season, which will likely be his last in Philadelphia.

Hall: Claude Giroux

Giroux puts up a lot of numbers and collects different accolades, but he doesn't get enough credit for traits like heart and dedication. He's made numerous adjustments for the better of the team, playing different positions, roles and a lot of minutes. He takes great pride in the wearing the Flyers' jersey.

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2019 Flyers development camp: Roster, schedule and more

2019 Flyers development camp: Roster, schedule and more

The future will be prevalent this week at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, starting Tuesday through Saturday as the team holds its annual development camp.

Some of the organization's brightest and newest prospects will be in attendance, learning the fine details of how to be a pro with various drills and off-ice training.

Let's get you set for the 2019 edition with five things to know.

1. Development, not evaluation

It's time for the annual reminder: Flyers development camp is about providing the team's prospects with proper training habits — on and off the ice — to grow as players. The five-day session is not about Flyers coaches and officials analyzing the prospects for the purpose of evaluation and future roster construction.

The whole premise of camp is for it to be educational.

2. Keep your eyes peeled

While the Flyers won't be evaluating, there will be plenty to watch for fans. With each development camp, there is always a ton of talent on the ice with many future pros and some prospects on the NHL doorstep.

For example, last summer's development camp featured Carter Hart, Philippe Myers, Mikhail Vorobyev and Mark Friedman, all of whom played for the Flyers in 2018-19.

This year's crop of players features some of the organization's top prospects and a trio of forwards who could join the Flyers at some point in 2019-20.

3. Numbers to watch

There are two sheets of ice at Skate Zone that will oftentimes be used simultaneously throughout camp.

With 41 players listed on the camp roster, which includes newcomers to the organization, here are five players to watch:

No. 48, Morgan Frost — A can't-miss playmaking center who was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in hockey by ESPN's Chris Peters during March. Over his final two junior hockey seasons, Frost combined for 221 points (79 goals, 142 assists) and a plus-103 rating in 125 regular-season games with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (see story).

He'll be turning pro in 2019-20 and will be pushing for the Flyers during training camp. You'll want to keep an eye on him, especially when he's doing this:

No. 60, Joel Farabee — An advanced, quick-rising winger who needed just one year of college hockey before turning pro. Farabee, a strategic goal-scorer with a lot of skill, put up 17 goals and 36 points in 37 games with Boston University and was named the 2019 Tim Taylor Award winner for national Rookie of the Year.

"If he needs some seasoning in Lehigh, that happens with a lot of really strong prospects, but it also wouldn't surprise me when the Flyers have him in their opening night lineup next October," U.S. under-18 head coach John Wroblewski said to NBC Sports Philadelphia in late March (see story).

No. 76, Isaac Ratcliffe — Another goal-scoring winger, Ratcliffe is hard to miss, not only thanks to his 6-foot-6 frame, but also because of his superb hands and soft touch. The 2017 second-round pick scored 50 goals and 82 points in 65 regular-season games for the OHL's Guelph Storm before tacking on 30 more points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 24 playoff games (see story).

Just like Frost and Farabee, Ratcliffe is turning pro in 2019-20.

No. 45, Cam York — The Flyers' newest first-round pick, York will get his first taste of the organization. The defenseman does not lack skill or scoring ability. The Flyers watched York a lot before drafting him No. 14 overall last weekend.

"He's put up big numbers offensively," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said (see story). "He's a talented guy and projects to be a very good defenseman for a long time."

No. 54, Yegor Zamula — An under-the-radar defenseman who could have a Myers-like climb. Zamula is 6-foot-3, 176 pounds and had a promising 2018-19 season with 56 points (10 goals, 46 assists) in 61 regular-season games for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen. Here's how the Flyers found the undrafted product and signed him (see story).

Below is the full camp roster.

4. The schedule

The development camp is free and open to the public.

Fans can watch along the boards from certain areas or in the stands.

The 3-on-3 tournament has always been a fan-favorite event. A new wrinkle is the 5-on-5 scrimmage Saturday night, which should be fun.

Here is the full camp schedule (which is subject to change) with times. The sessions for goaltenders are 8:15-9:45 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Friday and 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday.

5. The staff

The Flyers' player development coaches run camp, while general manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Alain Vigneault will sure to be watching some of it.

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Ryan Hartman has been traded, but he might not find out for a few days

Ryan Hartman has been traded, but he might not find out for a few days

Hey Ryan, it’s Chuck, I have something very important to tell you, please give me a call back when you get a chance.

Well, that’s awkward.

After a busy offseason already, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off yet another trade today (see story) and the piece heading out of Philly may legitimately not know about the deal. Looks like, from his tweet, that Ryan Hartman is on vacation.

Don’t worry, Flyers fans are trying to help in any way they can to let him know.

If you recall, Hartman was the return for Wayne Simmonds last year before the trade deadline, so essentially, this deal for Tyler Pitlick is a straight swap with Simmer.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this, it’s pretty funny. You wonder if Hartman knew it was coming. If not, enjoy the lake and wishing you all the best next season.

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