The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to get back on track after a rough stretch, but their prospects have been succeeding for their respective clubs.
During the first intermission of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Rangers, NHL Insider Bob McKenzie discussed the Flyers trade possibilities as well as the ‘big four’ defensemen in the Flyers’ system: Robert Hagg, Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers.
The most interesting quote from McKenzie was about who the most NHL-ready prospect is. He agreed with previous reports about the Swedish defenseman, Robert Hagg.
“Robert Hagg is probably NHL-ready now,” McKenzie said, “he’s a guy that you could drop into your lineup right now and delete one of the other guys and probably not suffer too much.”
He also spoke about Morin and Sanheim, saying that they were likely to remain in the AHL this season before potentially joining the Flyers next season. However, he said that Myers could be NHL ready next year without a year in the AHL, much like Ivan Provorov did this season.
Michael Del Zotto, Mark Streit and Nick Schultz are all unrestricted free agents after this season and are very real trade possibilities for Ron Hextall. If one of those are traded we could see Hagg up in no time.
Hextall has shown to be opportunistic, as we discussed on our most recent podcast, and will be sure to get the most out of his players. If he thinks he can get good value for them, he will trade him. If he thinks the trade chips will help the team move towards the playoffs, he won’t trade them like he did last season.
It’ll be an interesting month as we move closer and closer to the trade deadline on February 28th.
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Sons of Penn Radio (January 23rd)
On this week of SOP Radio, we celebrate a thrilling overtime victory, discuss Dave Hakstol’s coaching decisions, and forecast potential trade opportunities and prospect development.