Training camp for the Philadelphia Flyers has just started and that can only mean one thing: The start of the 2021 season is nearing! While the off-season didn’t bring a lot of moves fans were probably hoping for such as high stake trades and big signings, this new season has plenty for the fans – new and old – to be excited about.
We have three young talents coming back for various illnesses and injuries that had them missing most, if not all of the 2019-2020 season. We also have one of those young players switching his position too! If that isn’t exciting enough, we have an amazing team that can only go up from where they were last season.
Here is a little more information about all that and my list of 5 things fan should be looking forward to with our Philadelphia Flyers!
1. Nolan Patrick’s comeback.
Nolan Patrick missed the entire 2019 – 2020 season due to Chronic Migraine Disorder. He hasn’t played a game since April 2nd, 2019. While he worked out and practiced with the team and on his own with coaches throughout the 2019-2020 season, he was never cleared for full practice.
Anytime Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher spoke to the media over the offseason, he mentioned Nolan was working out, skating, and feeling the best he had in over a year. To me that is a good sign just as it was anytime we received news of Nolan taking part in weekly scrimmages while back home in Brandon. The scrimmages were hosted by former Flyers player Ryan White for various players that included Nolan and Travis Sanheim. Ryan spoke highly of and praised Nolan’s work.
2. Travis Konecny 2019-2021 follow up.
Outside of the playoffs, he was on fire with career numbers in points and assists. He would have done the same with goals if the season wasn’t called with a few weeks remaining. He was named to his first All-Star Game and competed in the fastest skater competition.
There is no doubt in my mind that Travis’ play from last year will carry over to this year. He will continue to shatter not only personal career numbers but lead the team in several categories.
3. Oskar Lindblom’s return
Oskar Lindblom’s missed most of the 2019-2020 season due to Ewings Sarcoma. He returned for the final two games of the playoffs under the close eye of coaches and medical staff.
Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Oskar was tied with the team lead in points with Travis Konecny. He was bound to break career numbers if he had played the whole season.
While he played two games in the playoffs, he wasn’t back to his full strength. Now that he is back he will only continue to go up from here.
4. Sam Morin’s comeback & position change
Sam Morin is coming back from two ACL surgeries on the same knee. Besides that, he will be changing his position from defenseman to left-winger.
Sam announced at his first media meeting that Alain Vigneault and Ian Lapierre approached him about the position switch several weeks ago. The Flyers are in the position where they have more defensemen than spots open and felt a change for Sam would be a positive.
Sam has stated he has been watching videos of Matt Martin to learn how to play the position a little more.
It will be interesting for sure to see how Sam progresses with the shift of position.
5. The Flyers follow-up to 2019-2020.
Prior to the Covid stoppage, the team was on fire. They had a winning streak that was snapped and they were closing in on the top of their division. They were the number 1 seed in the Toronto bubble and made it into the second round.
I’m personally looking forward to seeing how the team does this season under head coach Alain Vigneault and if they can duplicate last season’s success. They can only go up from how they were last season and hopefully be able to lift the cup when it is all said and done.