Flyers Select RW Tyson Foerster with 23rd Overall Pick

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers had options as the picks rolled through on Tuesday night during the first round of the NHL Draft, but ultimately chose to keep the 23rd overall pick.

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Flyers selected right winger Tyson Foerster.

Foerster is a 6’2”, 194-pound winger from Ontario and has spent the last two seasons with the Barrie Colts in the OHL. In his rookie season in 2018-19, he scored 10 goals and had 23 points in 64 games. He took a huge leap in his second season, scoring 36 goals and 80 points in 62 games.

We’ll have more on the Flyers first-round pick in a scouting report later.


NHL Focusing on Jan. 1 Start to 2020-21 Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It was just over a week ago that the Stanley Cup Final came to an end and completed the 2019-20 season. The question immediately became when would the NHL start up again and begin the 2020-21 season.

Originally, the plan was to open training camps on Nov. 15 with a target start date set for Dec. 1. Amid the challenges of planning a schedule and choosing a start date that felt attainable and reasonable, the NHL and the NHLPA made their intentions prior to the start of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday night.

Gary Bettman announced that the NHL and NHLPA have put the focus on a Jan. 1 start date for the 2020-21 season. Estimated timing for the start of training camp will be announced at a later date.

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2020 NHL Draft Preview: History of the 23rd Overall Pick

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have the 23th overall pick in the NHL Draft on Tuesday night, and it marks the latest the Flyers have picked in the first round of the draft in over a decade. 

Despite that, the 23rd pick can still produce some high-end talent.

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2020 NHL Draft Preview: Targets for the Flyers with the 23rd Pick

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The NHL Draft is finally here, some three months or so after it was originally supposed to take place. Nonetheless, dreams will be made as 31 prospects get selected in the first round of the draft.

For the Flyers, that means another first-round selection that could make an impact on their future. The team has the 23rd overall pick and there are many ways they could go with this pick.

With the NHL Draft getting underway in just a few hours, here are seven targets for the Flyers at 23rd overall.

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Flyers Notes: Fletcher Discusses Niskanen Retirement, Offseason Plans

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For most of the offseason, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher has executed as expected. He’s given out new contracts to pending free agents, locking down a veteran backup goalie and committing part of the team’s future to some of the team’s growing talent.

But Fletcher was always operating with the possibility that one of his defensemen under contract was not going to return. On Monday, reports circulated that Matt Niskanen was announcing his retirement. The defenseman confirmed in a statement through Flyers PR and Fletcher offered his thoughts on a conference call.

“Thank you to the Flyers organization for the opportunity to play in Philly last season. I’d also like to thank the fans for their support and lastly, I wish my teammates the best of luck,” Niskanen said.

“I just want to start off by thanking Matt Niskanen for his contributions to our team this season. As an organization and team, we made great strides this year, not only in terms of our record, but in terms of how we played the game, in terms of our culture, our commitment to playing the right way, our commitment to the details necessary to play the game well,” Fletcher said. “Obviously our coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for that and our players deserve a lot of credit for that. I do want to single out Matt Niskanen, who in my opinion at least did as much as anybody to change the mindset of our team. He’s the consummate professional and teammate.”

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Flyers Re-Sign D Justin Braun to 2-Year Deal

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the wake of the news regarding Matt Niskanen’s retirement, the Flyers quickly shifted focus to bringing back Justin Braun. In a matter of minutes after reports of Niskanen’s retirement surfaced, the Flyers had announced a new deal for Braun.

Braun returns to the Flyers on a two-year deal with a $1.8 million AAV, GM Chuck Fletcher announced on Monday afternoon.

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Report: Flyers D Matt Niskanen Set to Announce Retirement

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

One of the Flyers biggest improvements from the 2018-19 season to the 2019-20 season was adding veteran defensemen that aided the penalty kill and fortified defensive play at five-on-five. 

One of those additions is currently a pending free agent, Justin Braun. The other, Matt Niskanen, still has one year remaining on his contract.

In a surprising decision, Matt Niskanen will announce his retirement, according to multiple reports. He has reportedly also informed both the Flyers and his teammates of this decision.

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Flyers Focused on Adding Talent in 1st Round, Throughout Draft

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For several years, the draft has been an important part of the Flyers blueprint to building a contending team. Ron Hextall made sure of it, almost to a fault. His focus on the future caused him to lose sight on the team at the present, and it led to his demise as GM.

With Chuck Fletcher taking over nearly two years ago, he stated time and again that he didn’t want to undo what Hextall had done to that point. The pieces were in place and it was time to start to give those prospects a chance. Enter Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers and Carter Hart and Joel Farabee and a number of others who have received even just a taste of the NHL.

So the draft doesn’t lose its importance to the Flyers, even if they are now turning the corner from the building stages to the contending years. The Flyers pick 23rd overall in this week’s draft. It’s the latest they have picked in the first round since 2012, when Scott Laughton was selected 20th overall – German Rubtsov was picked 22nd overall in 2016, but the Flyers traded down from 18th overall that year.

Despite the later selection, the Flyers feel confident they are going to not only use the pick, but get talent with it.

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2020 NHL Draft Profiles: Defensemen

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The NHL Draft begins on Tuesday night and 31 prospects will be selected in the first round. 

The Flyers hold the 23rd overall pick in the draft and this weekend, we are looking at some prospects that could be on the Flyers radar in the first round.

We close out our profiles on prospects in the NHL Draft with a look at some defensemen in the draft.

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Flyers Re-Sign G Brian Elliott to 1-Year Deal

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have already gotten a head start on re-signing several of their restricted free agents. Now they have made sure that one of their unrestricted free agents doesn’t hit the open market.

The Flyers have re-signed goalie Brian Elliott to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, GM Chuck Fletcher announced on Saturday.

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