After a rigorous “Tort”ure camp, the Philadelphia Flyers have finalized their opening night roster. A roster that includes 12-players age 25 or younger.
On day 1 of Flyers training camp, 71-players were fighting for 23-roster spots on the opening night roster. Today, those final 23-players are known.
Before the Flyers could get to their opening night roster, some cap joggling had to be done. More on that later.
The 2022-23 Philadelphia Flyers consists of 13-forwards, 8-defensemen, and 2-goalies. Including ten new players that were not on the opening night roster last season.
Of those ten players, three will be making their Flyers debuts. Nic Deslauriers, Tony DeAngelo, & Samuel Ersson will officially put the Flyers jersey on for the first time on Thursday.
At forward, the Flyers return six players that were on the opening night roster last season. Those six players are Travis Konecny, Kevin Hayes, Scott Laughton, James van Riemsdyk, Joel Farabee, & Cam Atkinson.
The other seven forwards are Nic Deslauriers, Owen Tippett, Noah Cates, Morgan Frost, Hayden Hodgson, Wade Allison, & Tanner Laczynski.
On defense, the Flyers return four players that were on the opening night roster last season. Those four players are Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun, & Rasmus Ristolainen.
The other three defenseman are Tony DeAngelo, Nick Seeler, Ronnie Attard, & Egor Zamula.
In goal, the Flyers will be once again led by Carter Hart. This will be Hart’s fourth straight opening night start for the Flyers.
Backing up Hart will be Samuel Ersson for now.
With Felix Sandstrom starting the year on SOIR, Ersson beat signee Troy Grosenick for the job. But, when Sandstrom is healthy, expect Ersson to be loaned to the Phantoms & Sandstrom be Hart’s backup.
The oldest player on the roster is Justin Braun, age 35, and the youngest player on the roster is Samuel Ersson, age 22.
The average of the Flyers is 25.7.
Philadelphia Flyers Full Roster
Coaching Staff – HC John Tortorella : AC Brad Shaw : AC Rocky Thompson
Forwards – 57 Wade Allison, 89 Cam Atkinson, 49 Noah Cates, 44 Nic Deslauriers, 86 Joel Farabee, 48 Morgan Frost, 13 Kevin Hayes, 42 Hayden Hodgson, 11 Travis Konecny, 21 Scott Laughton, 58 Tanner Laczynski, 74 Owen Tippett, 25 James van Riemsdyk
Defense – 47 Ronnie Attard, 61 Justin Braun, 77 Tony DeAngelo, 9 Ivan Provorov, 55 Rasmus Ristolainen, 6 Travis Sanheim, 24 Nick Seeler, 54 Egor Zamula
Goalie – 33 Samuel Ersson, 79 Carter Hart
IR – 14 Sean Couturier
SOIR – 46 Bobby Brink, 32 Felix Sandstrom
LTIR – 38 Patrick Brown, 94 Ryan Ellis
Ryan Ellis To LTIR
With Ryan Ellis “out indefinitely” per GM Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers needed his cap hit ($6.25M) to make the roster work. Which, would be accomplished by placing Ellis on LTIR.
Before the Flyers could put Ellis on LTIR, they needed to submit a roster that was cap compliant with Ellis on it.
To accomplish this, the Flyers placed Felix Sandstrom & Bobby Brink on SOIR. Saving them about $1.5M. Then, placed Patrick Brown on LTIR. Saving them $750K. Finally, loaned Wade Allison, Tanner Laczynski, & Egor Zamula to the Phantoms. Saving them about $2.4M.
In total, the cap savings (~$4.7M) was enough to become cap compliant and place Ryan Ellis on LTIR without an overage penalty.
After placing Ellis on LTIR, the Flyers recalled Wade Allison, Tanner Laczynski, & Egor Zamula from the Phantoms.
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