Flyers rookie coaching camp 2022: Tyson Foerster, Noah Cates ‘seeking to dominate’

September 16, 2022

VOORHEES, N.J. — Ian Laperriere stated a participant will not win a roster spot in a rookie sport.

However one can positively make an impression.

The Flyers’ 2022 rookie coaching camp commenced Thursday. Day 1 provides option to a pair of prospect video games for the Flyers at PPL Middle in opposition to the Rangers’ rookies.

Recreation motion is at all times one of the best ways to judge and the Flyers will probably be doing so intently on the residence of the Phantoms with foremost camp forward subsequent week.

Regardless of the membership stomaching a 25-46-11 season in 2021-22, there’s an anxiousness round Flyers Coaching Middle. The group is popping to John Tortorella, a demanding head coach who traditionally runs a inflexible coaching camp.

Gamers are making ready.

“I feel that they had 40 guys right here two weeks in the past,” Laperriere, the pinnacle coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, stated Thursday. “I’ve by no means seen that. I have been right here 13 years, I’ve by no means seen that.”

The Flyers-Rangers rookie video games are Friday (7:05 p.m. ET) and Saturday (5:05 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

Let’s get into three observations from Day 1 in Voorhees, New Jersey.

‘Seems like a unique child’

Tyson Foerster is wholesome and, in fact, can hearth that puck.

The 2020 first-round choose has at all times possessed a sophisticated shot. It is nonetheless superb.

However what’s notable is he is beginning to look extra like an NHL participant bodily.

The 20-year-old winger missed most of final season after struggling a shoulder harm and present process surgical procedure in November. After enjoying some video games on the junior degree to complete the 12 months, Foerster went to this summer season’s 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship and gained gold with Canada.

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“I’ve performed the sport lengthy sufficient. In case you’re not wholesome proper from the get-go, it is powerful to construct,” Laperriere stated. “However he seems like a unique child. You take a look at him bodily, he is thicker. … I watched the world juniors this summer season and he appeared like a person.”

Foerster stated he feels at his peak now from a sharpness and energy standpoint following the harm.

He is projected to open the season with the Phantoms.

“That is not my choice, however I feel, hopefully I could be with the Flyers,” Foerster stated. “That is my purpose and that is what I wish to do.”

What does he wish to present in camp other than his shot?

“I feel my physicality,” he stated. “I really feel like I am a giant participant, I want to make use of the physique much more.”

Foerster is listed at 6-foot-2, 207 kilos.

“If he does come to me,” Laperriere stated, “I will be excited to work with him.”

Not enjoying the numbers sport

Noah Cates is the headliner of rookie camp given he has probably the most real looking shot at cracking the large membership’s season-opening lineup.

With a misplaced season, the Flyers had various auditions towards the tip of final 12 months. Cates had probably the most spectacular efficiency, displaying his smarts, potential to scale the lineup and placing up factors as well (5 targets, 4 assists in 16 video games).

“That is clearly my purpose,” Cates stated about vying for the Flyers’ roster. “I do know it is fairly powerful, it is a deep camp, a variety of good returning gamers. Simply specializing in my sport and getting higher.

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“I do know a variety of issues change in coaching camp and all year long. I am not going to be too emotional with it or up and down with guys or numbers. Simply type of deal with myself and put my greatest foot ahead each day.”

The 23-year-old ahead appeared good Thursday. The 2017 fifth-round choose has needed to show himself so much by onerous work.

“The velocity of the sport and the endurance, maintaining in 82 video games,” Cates stated of his offseason coaching focus. “Actually labored on skating, getting slightly quicker. … Attempting to go each day, each different day, fairly onerous, to be able to skate with the large guys.”

He is anticipated to be alongside Foerster in no less than one of many rookie video games. Regulate that line.

“Large, robust child with a very good shot,” Cates stated of Foerster. “Actually excited to get to work with him. Attempt to give him the puck as a result of he can actually shoot it. Undoubtedly a very good prospect for the Flyers.

“We positively need to dominate, do rather well and put some pucks at the back of the online. I feel we have to try this, we’re older and that is type of what’s anticipated of us. Actually wanting ahead to it.”

Large beneficial properties for ‘Large Z’

Egor Zamula tends to smile at any time when he is requested about his weight.

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He is aware of including energy is essential for his dimension and place.

What did he study from his 10 NHL video games final season?

“I have to placed on some muscle,” Zamula stated. “To be higher within the 1-on-1s, in entrance of the online, play stronger each shift.”

He completed that purpose within the offseason. He gained 12 kilos of muscle. The 6-foot-3 defenseman now weighs 192 kilos. He was 160 kilos in 2018 when he was an undrafted product and invited to coaching camp on an beginner tryout.

Laperriere seen the improved energy of Zamula and defenseman Wyatte Wylie.

“Good on them,” he stated. “Which means they put the work in in the summertime. … They realized that they wanted to place weight on and so they did. For me, that is a part of being a professional, you have to acknowledge your weaknesses and handle them in the summertime.”

Each are getting into their third 12 months on the professional degree and can play essential minutes at Lehigh Valley.

Bonus notes

Olle Lycksell, a talented 23-year-old Swedish ahead, scored a few good targets through the drills. He is set for his first season with the Phantoms.

• Western Michigan product Ronnie Attard displayed his shot on a purpose from the purpose. The 23-year-old defenseman is pushing for the Flyers after getting a style of the NHL final season.

“Attard’s a giant boy,” Laperriere stated. “I am excited to see him play Saturday.”

Alexis Gendron, a 2022 seventh-round choose, confirmed his goal-scoring contact at totally different factors. His father Martin Gendron is on the Flyers’ beginner scouting employees.

Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers

Noah Cates, Tyson Foerster and Egor Zamula.

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