2016 NHL Draft Recap - Philadelphia Flyers

Monday, June 27, 2016
Outside of guys like Oskar Lindblom and Nicolas Aube-Kubel (pictured above), the Philadelphia Flyers didn't have much in their system as far as talented goal-scoring forwards go entering last weekend's 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
Editor's Note: This is Tim Riday's first Flyers prospects piece for the website as a new addition to the hockey coverage here at Highland Park Hockey. Make sure you are following Tim on Twitter -> @TimRiday this season for updates on Philadelphia Flyers prospects outside of the pro level. We'll be featuring a weekly update on Flyers prospects here all season long as one of many additional write ups readers can expect this upcoming season.

It was no secret that Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall was looking to add some forward prospects at this year's NHL Entry Draft. With a plethora of highly regarded defensemen in the system and a total of three goaltenders drafted in 2015, the Flyers organization's glaring deficiency was in the form of talented prospects up front.

With 11 picks in last weekend's NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY the Flyers addressed those needs - drafting seven forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender (the first goaltender taken in the 2016 Draft) to sure up the prospect depth across the board.

After the jump, Riday takes a look at each of the players the Flyers drafted over the weekend.

Restricted Free Agent Deadline Day 6/27

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Toronto's Sam Carrick is one of many who played in the AHL last season that requires a qualifying offer to be retained for the 2016-17 season. Photo: Amanda Statland
The day has come. NHL teams have until 5 p.m. ET Monday June 27th to submit qualifying offers to their respective restricted free agents (RFA) in order to retain their rights for the 2016-17 season.

The Minnesota Wild have already announced which RFA's they will tender offers to and they are as follows:
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, defensemen Matt Dumba and Zach Palmquist and forwards Zac Dalpe, Tyler Graovac, Jordan Schroeder and Jason Zucker.
Goaltender Brody Hoffman and forwards Brett Bulmer, Raphael Bussieres, Jared Knight and Scott Sabourin weren't tendered qualifying offers by the Wild and are set to become unrestricted free agents (UFA) on July 1st.

After the jump, a look at all 30 teams' restricted free agents as well as further explanation on what the RFA process entails and understanding what a qualifying offer means.

Report: Pavel Padakin May Have Illegally Obtained Russian Passport To Play in KHL

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Pavel Padakin could be facing some serious problems in his hockey career. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
There have been reports circulating in Ukraine about former Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Pavel Padakin's questionable transfer to play in HC Sochi as a non-import player in the KHL for the upcoming season.

This report, from SportArena by Sergey Gapshenko, goes as far to say that Padakin and his agent, Igor Larionov, have circumvented transfer agreements to somehow obtain a Russian passport to allow Padakin Russian citizenship and thus, a spot on the HC Sochi team.

Up until now, it was not known how or why this was able to be done.

That was until a source close to the situation reached out to The Home News to explain in detail that Padakin allegedly lied about his residency in Canada in order to gain Russian citizenship to play for HC Sochi as a non-import player.


Saturday's Morning Skate 6/11

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Down, but not out. Hershey enters tonight's Game Four trailing Lake Erie three games to none in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. Photo: Amanda Statland
This weekend could potentially be the last weekend of hockey in the 2015-16 season.

On Thursday night, the Allen American (San Jose Sharks) defeated the Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins) in six games to claim the Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL. In the same night, San Jose sent the Stanley Cup Finals back to California for Game Six on Sunday.

Tonight, the Calder Cup might be awarded to the Lake Erie Monsters if the Columbus Blue Jackets' affiliate can finish off a sweep of the Hershey Bears (Washington Captials). The Monsters host the Bears at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

If the Lake Erie Monsters win the Calder Cup, they will be the first Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate to ever win the AHL's championship. The Bears will need to do the unthinkable to claim their 12th Calder Cup championship, needing to win both tonight and tomorrow night in Cleveland just to send the series back to the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

Dates to Remember

Friday/Saturday, June 24-25th: The 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, NY

Wednesday, June 29th: The deadline to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents in order to retain their rights at 5 p.m. ET.

Friday, July 1st: Free Agency Begins 

Extra Reading Links

For AHL fans looking at an accurate way to view free agency at the minor league level, I have compiled a list for each team in an easy-to-navigate view of how things are shaping up.
Offseason Guide Part 1 - AHL Eastern Conference Free Agents
Offseason Guide Part 2 - AHL Western Conference Free Agents

Phantoms' Video Coach Facing Simple Assault Charges

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Lower Saucon Police arrested a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms coaching staff Wednesday night. Photo from Lower Saucon Township website.
Lower Saucon Valley Police have arrested and charged 36-year-old Michael Pacitti with simple assault and harassment charges stemming from an incident late Wednesday night in 1900 block of Pine Court in Society Hill. Pacitti, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' video coach, recently finished his 13th season as video coach in the organization.

The Saucon Source posted this excerpt detailing the police's report on the incident:
Police said officers were called to Pacitti’s home shortly before midnight Wednesday after 911 received a call from his “hysterical” girlfriend “stating that her boyfriend had just assaulted her and had taken her cell phone to keep her from calling police.”
When officers arrived at the home, police said they found the woman “to have bruising in her right rib area.” 
They said she was also bleeding from a cut on her finger, “which she stated she had sustained when Pacitti kicked her in the chest and then threw her to the ground.”
Pacitti has been taken to Northhampton County Prison, where bail has been set at $5,000 according to a news release from police. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 23rd.