With rookie and prospect camp starting Monday and full training camp to follow on Thursday, hockey is back in the City of Brotherly Love. After an elongated summer thanks to missing the postseason for the second time in three years, the Flyers players and coaches are eager to hit the ice in preparation for the 2015-16 season in which they will face stiff competition in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.
First-year head coach Dave Hakstol has given each of his players a Tabula rasa, or clean slate. Spots and positioning will be won the old-fashioned way - by earning it from the coach.
Hakstol wants his team to hit the ground running right out of the gate, something that the franchise has struggled to do the last few seasons under Craig Berube and Peter Laviolette. Knowing then how important it is to jump out to a good start, let's take a look at the club's October slate, a series of 10 games that will set the tone for the entire season.