By Harry Allison
Flyers training camp doesn’t start until September and the regular season is still 10 weeks away, and here’s what they look like on July 22:
Alain Vigneault, coach: The 58-year-old did not coach last season after being fired by the Rangers at the end of the 2017-18 season. His 648 NHL wins are fifth among active coaches, behind Joel Quenneville (890), Barry Trotz (810), Paul Maurice (695) and Mike Babcock (691). … Kevin Hayes, F: He had an NHL career-high 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) in 71 games with the Rangers and Jets last season. … Matt Niskanen, D: The 32-year-old was second on the Capitals last season averaging 21:56 of ice time in 80 games and had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists). … Justin Braun, D: The 32-year-old had 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 78 games with the Sharks. … Tyler Pitlick, F: The 27-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars for forward Ryan Hartman on June 24. He had 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 47 games.
Scott Gordon, coach: Hired Dec. 17 to replace Dave Hakstol, Gordon went 22-25-4. The 56-year-old returned to his previous job as coach of Lehigh Valley in the American Hockey League. … Radko Gudas, D: The 29-year-old had 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 77 games. … Ryan Hartman, F: The 24-year-old had six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games after being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators on Feb. 25. … Cam Talbot, G: The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1. He went 1-2-0 with a 3.70 GAA and .881 save percentage in four games with Philadelphia after being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 15. … Andrew MacDonald, D: The 32-year-old had the final season of his contract bought out June 15. He had nine assists in 47 games.
On the cusp
Joel Farabee, F: Selected with the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old signed his entry-level contract March 25 after he had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games at Boston University. He could push for a third-line NHL spot. … Morgan Frost, F: The No. 27 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old had 109 points (37 goals, 72 assists) in 58 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League. He could compete for a bottom-six spot. … Philippe Myers, D: The 22-year-old is ready for full-time NHL duty after he had two points (one goal, one assist) in 21 games last season.
What they still need
A third-line right wing. Among those competing for the spot will be Farabee, Frost, Andy Andreoff (who signed a two-year-contract July 1) and Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who played nine NHL games last season and had 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 54 games with Lehigh Valley.
Hayes, who had his most productive NHL season offensively last season, could have an even higher ceiling if he skates with valuable forwards James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek on the second line. The addition of Hayes negatively affects the value of center Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, but should improve the Flyers’ overall outlook for 2019-20. — Rob Reese
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk — Kevin Hayes — Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom — Nolan Patrick — Andy Andreoff
Michael Raffl — Scott Laughton — Tyler Pitlick
Ivan Provorov — Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim — Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere — Justin Braun