While Sean Couturier did not suit up Wednesday night for Game 4 against the Penguins, the Flyers’ centerman did receive national recognition as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.
Couturier joins Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar as the three finalists for the award slotted to the game’s best defensive forward.
In reality, the Selke Trophy has transformed into the game’s best two-way forward and with Couturier's 31-goal, 76-point season, his offense finally caught up to his defensive ability. He finished tied with three players for third in plus/minus as a plus-34.
The 25-year-old could become the third Flyer to win the award and the first since Dave Poulin won in 1986-87. Bobby Clarke won the Selke Trophy in 1982-83.
Couturier missed Wednesday’s game after a collision with Radko Gudas during Tuesday’s practice. He officially suffered a “lower-body injury,” but video suggests it's a knee injury. During a drill, Gudas ran into Couturier, making contact with the center's right knee.
Bergeron has won four of the last six awards, while Kopitar won it two seasons ago.
The NHL awards will take place June 20 in Las Vegas.
It's Aug. 15, the dog days of summer and hockey is still a few weeks away.
But Jakub Voracek turns 29 years old today and this summer, the winger has already played a big part in helping push the Flyers' process into its next stage by helping recruit James van Riemsdyk back to town (see story).
Voracek is coming off a career-best season at 28 years old, posting 85 points in 82 games in 2017-18. He finished fourth in the NHL with 65 assists and ninth with 35 power-play points.
All of this came after a somewhat disappointing 2016-17 season — 61 points in 82 games, not particularly bad numbers but also not the production you'd like from a player with an $8.25 million cap hit and in Year 1 of an eight-year, $66 million extension.
Last season, though, Voracek proved that he can still very much produce at a top level. Since joining the Flyers in 2011-12, Voracek is third among all wingers with 303 assists and fifth in points with 439. Since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, he's eighth among all skaters with 272 assists and 15th in points with 390.
With today being Voracek's birthday, let's take a look back at some of the best from his time as a Flyer because Voracek is one of the most personable players around.
Jan. 27, 2016: Voracek scored the game-winner 38 seconds into overtime. It was an important goal in a big game as the Flyers were in the middle of a wild-card chase (see story).
Oct. 14, 2017: The Flyers put a pounding on the Capitals in an 8-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Voracek had three assists. This one was one of them. Poor Madison Bowey.
While the Flyers have not announced the start of their rookie and training camp, they did provide an indication Tuesday of when the camps will be.
For the third straight season, the Flyers and New York Islanders will square off Sept. 12 in their annual rookie game. This time, it returns to New York.
The game will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Northwell Health Ice Center, the Islanders' practice facility in East Meadow, New York. According to Newsday's Andrew Gross, ticket proceeds will benefit the Islanders' Children's Foundation.
In years past, the Flyers have streamed the games on their official website.
Last year, the Flyers-Islanders rookie game was on Sept. 13, 2017, two days after rookie camp began and two days before the main camp opened.
The rookie game marks the official end of rookie camp, so by the process of elimination, a safe guess would be the Flyers' rookie camp will be Sept. 10 and training camp likely opening a day or two after the game.
The Islanders beat the Flyers, 4-3, in overtime last September. The Flyers won the first game two years ago. From 2007 to 2014, the Flyers and Capitals faced each other in their annual rookie games.
Rookie games are fun because they're the first glimpse of prospects and with the Flyers, there's a ton to be excited about — even if signing James van Riemsdyk accelerates their process (see story).