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Flyers draft Adam Ginning with 50th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

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Flyers draft Adam Ginning with 50th overall pick in 2018 NHL draft

After selecting two forwards with their first two picks, the Flyers finally addressed the defense at the 2018 NHL draft.

The Flyers on Saturday morning drafted Linköping HC defenseman Adam Ginning in the second round with the 50th overall pick at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Ginning is a 6-foot-4, 206-pound left-handed defenseman who finished as the fifth-rated international skater by NHL Central Scouting.

He's described as a big stay-at-home defenseman who's drawn comparisons to Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson.

In 28 games with Linköping in 2017-18, Ginning had two points and 10 penalty minutes as a 17-year-old in the highest level of hockey in Sweden.

He served as captain for Team Sweden during the 2018 U-18 World Junior Championships and is a three-time medalist in international tournaments.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said last week that he "would be shocked if we don't draft a couple of defensemen." He also said he's eying right-handed D-men.

Ginning checks one of those two boxes. The Flyers have their first blueliner of this draft. Expect more to come.

The Flyers have six picks left in the draft with their next being in the fourth round — 112th overall.

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Claude Giroux has No. 28 junior hockey jersey retired by Gatineau Olympiques

Claude Giroux has No. 28 junior hockey jersey retired by Gatineau Olympiques

At 30 years old last season, Claude Giroux scored 102 points in the best league on the planet.

Imagine a young Giroux playing junior hockey? He was a terror.

Giroux eclipsed the 100-point barrier in each of his three seasons with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques from 2005-08.

Here were his stat lines:

2005-06 — 103 points (30 goals, 64 assists) in 69 games

2006-07 — 112 points (48 goals, 64 assists) in 63 games

2007-08 — 106 points (38 goals, 68 assists) in 55 games (added 51 points in 19 playoff games)

Giroux, who will eventually have his No. 28 retired by the Flyers, had his jersey raised to the rafters Wednesday night by the Olympiques.

Same No. 28, just a different sweater (which is awesome, by the way).

Here are some images from the night, courtesy of the great Flyers senior director of public relations Zack Hill. The first picture is Giroux with his mother Nicole and father Raymond.







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Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series weather forecast is looking dicey

Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series weather forecast is looking dicey

Lincoln Financial Field prepared for snow Wednesday.

Next will be the rain, which is difficult to work around when it comes to outdoor hockey.

That could be the case Saturday when the Flyers host the Penguins in the 2019 Stadium Series at the Linc. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. on NBC. The chance of rainfall is at 100 percent during the evening and the rain may not taper off until early Sunday morning, according to weather reports.

All of this is things we've experienced before. We're used to it. Because of that, we're very, very prepared for weather delays. ... We can't play in a torrential downpour, but right now if you look at the weather forecast — and it does change hour by hour — there's no call for severe or heavy rain. So we're really confident based on what we're reading right now that the game will go as planned.

- NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer

Weather conditions are always a factor in outdoor games. You're dealing with an uncovered ice surface and all possible types of Mother Nature.

"Rain in large quantities, that can hurt us," Dean Matsuzaki, the NHL's vice president of events, said Monday on the the AccuWeather podcast. "First and foremost, we have to worry about player safety, so rain, snow, things like that."

It becomes even more substantial when considering the implications of the game. The Flyers and Penguins are fighting for a playoff berth. The Flyers entered Wednesday six points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot, while the Penguins sat not-so-comfortably in third place of the Metropolitan Division (see standings).

"We actually joked about it after the last game [against the Pengins], I'm like, 'I don't know what's going to go on on the ice because it's going to be a battle out there,'" Travis Konecny said last Friday. "It's a big event for everyone to enjoy, but it might come down to one of the biggest games for us this year."

There has been no word of a potential postponement or time change for Saturday night's game. Both the Flyers and Penguins don't play again until Tuesday.

For the latest updates on the forecast, visit NBC Philadelphia right here, while checking out the sights and scenes ahead of the event below.


(AP Images)


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