As we now know, hockey is back! To kick off the start of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Flyers will play the Boston Bruins on August 2nd to begin the round robin. But before we get to the round robin, all teams participating will start their training camps. The Flyers started their camp only about a week ago and there’s a lot to report. So without further ado, here’s what’s going on around the camp.
Who’s doing well?
A couple names can make the list of who’s doing well and some are a little surprising. To start it off, rookie Joel Farabee is reported to be having a pretty good camp as of late. He’s on a line playing left wing with other forwards, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny. It would be awesome to see him perform well as this is his first ever playoff appearance. Another more surprising name on the success list is defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Assistant coach Mike Yeo is quoted saying, “He looks really good to me right now. His competitive level is very, very high.” Ghost is on a pairing with recently extended D-man Mark Friedman who was extended for another two years in the Flyers organization. These players would be exciting to see succeed and we hope we can add more guys to the success list in the future.
Some other news around camp is about forward Jake Voracek. Recently Voracek was deemed “unable to participate” which could mean a lot of things. Thankfully he was cleared to practice and was seen in scrimmages lately. In other unrelated Voracek news, players such as Carter Hart and Nicolas Aube-Kubel are looking forward to their first playoff appearances. Hart went on record saying “I’ve been waiting for this for my whole life,” in regards to the playoffs.
This year’s playoffs will certainly be one to remember as the format is a little crazy. But it will be fun to watch and exciting to see what this group can do and how they will succeed in the future. It all starts with this training camp though and hopefully this is only the start to a Stanley Cup playoff run for the Flyers.