The Flyers agreed to an entry-level contract with Union forward, Mike Vecchione. As the all-time leader in goals for Union college, this was a great signing for organizational depth.
Vecchione is a two-way center with a goal-scoring ability. He is able to lead a rush and play defense as well. Since Hakstol was introduced as head coach of the Flyers, Hextall is set on stacking the line-up with two-way forwards. With the way the NHL is currently transforming, size is not a major issue as it once was. Speed and skill is the new NHL.
This off-season is CRITICAL for the future of this franchise. With next year being year 4 under the Hextall regime, look for this process to finally take some shape.
Expiring contracts and the Vegas expansion draft will also help get rid of unwanted contracts.
I am not running them out of town, but Giroux and Voracek both have very expensive contracts that could hinder any big name players being signed over the next few years, especially with other contracts like Simmonds expiring.
As the season winds down, there are many questions about the abundance of extra forwards the Flyers will have competing for a spot this Summer during training camp. The abundance of talent should spark major competition between players that are trying to reach their goal of making the professional roster.
With Matt Read out for the rest of the season, look for Mike Vecchione to join the Flyers, although he will most likely not be playing tonight against the Devils.
One thing is for certain, Flyers faithful are ready for the Las Vegas expansion draft to be over with. With a player taken, this will give Hextall and the fans better outlook on what the possible line up will be next season.
Oskar Lindbolm is almost certain to make the roster, and with players like Schultz and Del Zotto most likely moving on from the organization, it is time for Sam Morin and Travis Sanheim to make the leap.
Until the draft is over and Summer camps begin to close, everything is purely speculation, and with an abundance of talent, that is a good thing.