Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was dealt a bad hand last week when he had a freak golfing accident; but it does not doom the captain’s season with the team. So although he’s likely to miss training camp and a few exhibition games, the bright side for the Flyers is that it gives the incoming rookies their shot at some key NHL game time.
Preseason games are always the time where Flyers prospects are hoping to prove themselves to the team so that they can get a spot on the official roster instead of being sent to the farm team in Adirondack or elsewhere.
For some prospects it has worked out for them well, like Sean Couturier who got a position on the pro roster right after being drafted by the team. The Flyers even have a select few rookies that they rotate between Philadelphia and upstate New York like Tye McGinn and Brandon Manning. Both of which have started to gain a following along with prospect Scott Laughton who was only sent back to his minor league team last season so his entry-level contract did not get eaten up.
McGinn, Manning and Laughton are sure to be among the prospects that will fight for a spot on the Flyers roster come training camp. For Manning, it might be a bit difficult since he’s a defenseman and the Flyers have signed too many for the amount of spots they have on the blue line. Oliver Lauridsen may be a better choice, but that does not leave Manning out. The Flyers keep pulling him up for a reason, so perhaps he will outshine the other blue-liner prospects during camp.
With Giroux being out for the first couple of games there will be room at the center position that the Flyers will need to fill. This could mean that lines will shift around and a few of the forward prospects will finally have their shot.
One prospect that is sure to get a position is Laughton. He’s young and has room to grow, but the Flyers have been really impressed with his playing his first season with the hockey club. McGinn also was back and forth between Adirondack and Philly that he could possibly be filling in when Giroux recovers from his injury.
The Flyers do have some good options going into preseason and they shouldn’t be worried since Giroux will recover in time for the season opener.