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Predictions for who wins Flyers' 3rd-line roster spot in 2019-20

Predictions for who wins Flyers' 3rd-line roster spot in 2019-20

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jordan Hall and Brooke Destra.

The topic: Predicting who wins the Flyers' third-line winger job.

Hall

It's Aug. 3 and a lot can change from now until the Oct. 4 season opener in Prague, Czech Republic. Training camp and preseason will dictate who wins the third-line winger job.

Last season, the Flyers had an opening at third-line center. Prospect Mikhail Vorobyev was so good during the preseason that he won the job outright. Seven games and four healthy scratches into the regular season, he was sent to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. Yes, things can change drastically and quickly in the NHL.

There's a big group of players vying to fill the Flyers' third-line vacancy. The competition should feature Vorobyev, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andy Andreoff, Kurtis Gabriel and Chris Stewart.

The 21-year-old Rubtsov is a sleeper because of his NHL size, positional versatility and defensive principles that all play well in a bottom-six role.

"Our coaches, they like a lot of things that he brings," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in June.

Right now, though, my gut tells me Farabee will earn the gig, despite the 19-year-old having no pro experience and coming off just one year of college hockey. The 2018 first-round pick fits what the Flyers should want out of a third-line winger. He's smart, he's situational, he's skilled, he's quick, he scores and he's stronger than what some may think about the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder. 

If there are bumps along the road, the Flyers have insurance plans.

But the new regime wants this team to allow fewer goals, be tougher to play against and have improved scoring depth. Farabee's strengths can help in those areas. Plenty of hockey people have said that, too.

Destra

Since Flyers development camp wrapped in late June, there’s been one player who has stood out among the rest and should be listed on the roster for the season opener in the Czech Republic.

Joel Farabee.

He left his college career behind with just one season at Boston University under his belt by signing his entry-level contract in March. During his freshman season, he played 37 games and ended with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists).

When watching him in drills alongside the many other prospects in the system, Farabee looked like he was on a different wavelength — a man among boys when it came to his overall game.

If the only concern is his weight heading into training camp come September, it shouldn’t restrict him from getting a serious look for the open slot. Since this is the position he most often plays and is most comfortable with, he may have an easier time transitioning to pro than other current prospects that may get a look, as well.

As the offseason continues, the buzz around Farabee has been everywhere, especially with his performance in the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase (see story).

A possible third line could consist of players all 23 years old or younger (Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Farabee). Now, while that is a young line, the budding chemistry of Lindblom and Patrick in addition to Farabee’s skill set could make up one of the more solid bottom-six lines around the league.

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Flyers Talk podcast: NHL hub cities, free agency, more

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On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze the team's decisions for free agency and the playoffs.

From roster talk to the latest on the 24-team tournament, let's dive in:

0:45 — The latest on where the Flyers might play

4:15 — July is much different this time around

7:00 — Will the Flyers re-sign Derek Grant and Justin Braun?

21:20 — Keep an eye on Morgan Frost

26:00 — What to expect from Nate Thompson

30:15 — Appreciating Sean Couturier's faceoff excellence

36:35 — Katie's birthday is Monday, July 6!

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A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments

Alain Vigneault marveled at Oskar Lindblom's selflessness and strength.

Back in December, the Flyers' head coach told a story about Lindblom checking in on teammate Travis Konecny, who suffered a concussion that month from a hard hit.

Lindblom was in the middle of undergoing tests at the University of Pennsylvania.

"With everything that is going on, he texted T.K. to find out how his head was going because of the concussion," Vigneault said Dec. 17. "That’s just the type of young man that we have — strong, he’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

On Thursday, we saw a culmination of the strength and support. A little over six and a half months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones, Lindblom rung a bell on the 5th floor of the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital to signify the completion of his radiation treatments.

The Flyers' 23-year-old forward hugged his girlfriend Alma Lindqvist, who shared pictures on her Instagram account with the caption: "MY LOVE IS CANCER FREE."

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Lindblom, a humble native of Sweden with a bright smile, thanked all the medical professionals and gave them a signed jersey. He expressed his gratitude for everyone who has supported his fight.

From family to friends to fans, I can't even explain how much that meant to me," Lindblom said to Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "Especially in the start, it was a rough time and I got all those kind words, it made me feel so much better and calm — it was a real help along the way, that's for sure.

"I can't even explain how I feel. It feels like I'm having my birthday, Christmas and all those holidays at the same time. It just feels awesome to be done. I can't wait to just get back to normal life again and start to feel like I'm living.


I can't say enough about this young man. Everyone can see the talent and impact that Oskar has had for us on the ice, but he is an outstanding teammate in our locker room and a genuinely good person. His attitude and strength through all of this is a tremendous inspiration for us all. Today is a great day. Congrats to Oskar. We look forward to having him rejoin our team in the near future.

- Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher

Oskar Lindblom with nurses at Penn Medicine. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Oskar Lindblom with his head nurse Laetitia Simeral. (Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

The Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the entire hockey community has rallied behind Lindblom since his diagnosis in December. "Oskar Strong" shirts by Biscuit Tees have been worn around the world. During a game in January, Lindblom received a heartwarming standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center.

Everyone was standing for him as he rang that bell on Thursday. Lindblom was left smiling — and saying thank you.

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