There were four teams facing elimination from the playoffs this week. Three managed to hold on to fight another day. Nashville, Ottawa and Vancouver all won their elimination games. Unfortunately for Jets fans, Winnipeg did not.
In today's Future Flyers Report, we summarize a thrilling playoff win for a key Flyers prospect, as well as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' coach offering complimentary insights on several players and an update on the Reading Royals' Kelly Cup playoff run.
The Philadelphia Flyers hold the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 26 in Sunrise, Fl. With such a high pick in what is one of the deepest draft classes in history, there are many directions the Flyers can go.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be bringing you up to the draft with several prospects that the Flyers could select with the seventh pick. From this point on, there will be no mention of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It would take a miraculous trade for the Flyers to move up to get one of them. But from picks 3 to 7 and beyond, there are many prospects up for grabs. We will be looking at them.
Our first installment is Finnish right wing Mikko Rantanen.
It took two days longer than expected, but Ron Hextall reached his decision last Friday, announcing what seemed imminent as the Flyers early offseason began. Craig Berube was fired as head coach of the Flyers.
Berube assumed the head coaching position three games into the 2014-15 season and at that point, helped complete the shift of coaching changes across the city’s sports teams. The longest tenured coach at the time was Chip Kelly, a whopping eight months into his coaching career in Philadelphia.
There are many times where the coach takes the brunt of the team’s performance, almost a mercy killing of sorts. The Flyers have gone through a carousel of coaches lately.
Make no mistake about it: this was not a mercy killing. This was a justified parting of ways.