Recognizing the success of “HBO: 24/7,” the four-part documentary that followed the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, the Flyers are producing a new web series called “Flight Plan.” Debuting Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7:00 p.m. ET, the episodes will be available through the Flyers’ website.
Unlike “HBO: 24/7,” “Flight Plan” will start well before the season begins. The pilot episode is set to focus on the days leading up to the draft, with behind-the-scenes footage at important meetings and scouting boards; the 2013 NHL Draft occurred on June 30.
Titled “War Room,” the pilot episode will focus largely on GM Paul Holmgren and director of scouting Chris Pryor as they formulated a plan for the draft. During the first round, the Flyers unexpectedly took 6-foot-6 defenseman Samuel Morin with the 11th overall pick.
Drafting Morin was unexpected and criticized, as many thought there were far more talented players available. Some noted that the Flyers’ second-round pick, Swedish defenseman Robert Hagg, was ranked higher than Morin in pre-draft rankings. It’ll be interesting to see why the Flyers’ brass opted for Morin with the 11th overall pick.
Previews for “Flight Plan” have shown Chris Pronger and Peter Laviolette attending meetings concerning the draft. These two outgoing personalities are sure to provide quality camera time to viewers.
“Flight Plan” will follow the Flyers throughout the 2013-14 season, in a similar fashion to “HBO: 24/7.” The Edmonton Oilers debuted a similar webisode a number of seasons ago. Named ”Oil Change,” the series gained considerable fanfare amongst Oilers fans. Flyers fans are sure to welcome “Flight Plan” with opens arms as well.