O'Neill Looks Forward to Facing Penguins

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Will O'Neill will be on the other side of the Pennsylvania rivalry this season. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
O'Neill Excited For Opportunity With The Flyers

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/FaceBook

What a difference a year makes.

Last spring, Will O'Neill was putting together a solid performance in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. O'Neill and the Penguins came up short to rival Hershey in seven games and sent the two-way offensive defenseman into the offseason without a contract for the following season.

While his mindset can remain the same about how he feels about last season's finish with Hershey, O'Neill is going to be on the other side of the Penguins' rivalry with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this fall.

"The Flyers showed interest in the offseason," O'Neill answered when asked about his offseason search. "They're obviously an attractive organization to come to, from upper management all the way down. I'm really excited to be here."

Flyers Training Camp 2016 - Day 1

Friday, September 23, 2016
Philadelphia Flyers Rookie Camp squad entered training camp with the professionals Friday. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
It all begins today!

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

The Philadelphia Flyers' training camp began this morning at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey and it was business as usual despite several of the team's top players absent due to the World Cup of Hockey.

In all, two groups of 16 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies took to the ice in separate sessions on Day 1. Each group was a mixture of NHL, AHL and junior-level players unlike last year's camp which saw a main group (NHL) and second group (AHL/CHL).

The team plans to hold practice Saturday and have a scrimmage on Sunday before their NHL preseason schedule begins on Monday.

The general consensus among the players battling for larger AHL roles in the Lehigh Valley this fall is that the team is going to be much more skilled and even quicker than a year ago. The amount of talented elite-level AHL free agents GM Ron Hextall and staff added to the mix for this year has certainly brought an added buzz/excitement to the Phantoms' upcoming season.

All eyes are on Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny, but after the jump a look at the two groups of players who took to the ice Friday as well as where the players appear to stand as training camp practices get underway.

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Tuesday's Talk 9/20

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Phantoms forward Chris Conner qualifies as a 'veteran' player under the AHL's Veteran Rule. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
A new weekly feature this upcoming season to generate discussion during the week.

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

Editor's Note: Each week, the plan is to have this weekly feature available for more discussion during the week. While Phantoms/Flyers related questions will be a center of focus, any AHL-related questions are welcome and will be answered here each week.

To submit your questions for next week's edition of Tuesday's Talk, you can simply leave your question in the comments section of this or any article on the website. You can also ask your questions via FaceBook or Twitter (links are in the byline of this article). 

The World Cup of Hockey is in full-swing, and plenty of top prospects are currently engaged in various rookie camps and prospect tournaments across North America. 

For the Philadelphia Flyers organization, rookie camp began today in Voorhees, New Jersey and will continue on Wednesday with another practice before the Flyers take on the New York Islanders rookie camp squad tomorrow night.

Main training camp for the Flyers begins Friday, then there's NHL preseason games and the first round of cuts which leads into the beginning of AHL training camp. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are set to open training camp on October 1st - less than one week before their opening AHL preseason game October 7th at home against the Charlotte Checkers.

Tuesday's Talk this week features the topic of the AHL Veteran rule and understanding the parameters for what qualifies a player as a "veteran". As always, reader-submitted questions are answered each week!

All Eyes On Flyers Top Prospects At Rookie Camp

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ivan Provorov in the spotlight heading into rookie camp. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Monday's rookie camp more intriguing than past years

Written by: Tim Riday, Twitter

Let’s be honest for a second. Development and rookie camps haven’t always been a major draw for the Philadelphia Flyers.

If you look at past rosters for these events, you’ll be sure to find a few hidden gems. But, for the most part, you’ll wind up scratching your head wondering who most of those players were and what ever happened to them.

There’s a specific reason for that, too.

In case you missed it: Riday's Report previewing the 2016 Flyers Rookie Camp roster.

Flyers Rookie Camp Preview 2016 Edition

Friday, September 16, 2016
Forward Danick Martel hoping to be a difference maker. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Rookie Camp kicks off on Monday Tuesday!

Written by: Tim Riday, Twitter

Before we take a detailed look at who will take part in this year’s festivities, let’s get some of the basics out of the way.

Rookie camp kicks off Monday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. (Flyers postponed the 1st on-ice practice to Tuesday morning) in Voorhees, New Jersey at the Skate Zone, the official training center of the Flyers. The on-ice practices will begin on Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. before the Flyers' prospects travel to East Meadow, New York to face the Islanders' youngsters in a scrimmage at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Then it's time to get down to business at the main training camp. That opens on Friday, Sept. 23 in Voorhees.

But first, here's a breakdown of the 21 prospects who get to hit the ice early. We've broken them up into several groups. Let's get started!