Archive for April 29th, 2016

A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports
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Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Welcome to the part one of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to part one. 

The run of luck has finally come to an end, as the Flyers season has closed in what some may consider to be disappointment. On the other hand, I tend to look at the glass half-full. Yes, they lost in the playoffs. Although, it was at the hands of the league’s best team in the Washington Capitals. This is a team that wasn’t even thought of for a playoff spot back in September, yet they fought their way to the postseason. It goes to show the heart that this team has, and that the future is bright for the Flyers Organization.

With that said, there are some negatives to take away from this postseason. The main takeaway was their power-play. Any time a team goes 1-23 on the man advantage, they’ll have a hard time finding a way to win. While their struggles on the man-advantage was well-documented, they did find a way to almost force a game 7. Following their 6-1 defeat in game 3, Dave Hakstol decided it was time to give Michael Neuvirth a shot between the pipes. From there, Neuvirth stopped every shot he faced, except for two. Who would’ve figured that the one goal he allowed would be the series-clincher. That said, none of the blame can fall on anyone for their game 6 loss. Braden Holtby just stood on his head, and stopped the Flyers on every shot he faced. They gave it a great effort, but came up just short in crunch-time.

Another major takeaway from this series, was the fact that Philly was physically dominated by the Capitals. Sure, the hits may tell a different stat, but Washington was able to bully their way past anyone on the Flyers team. The Flyers severely lacked in the physicality department, and that’s simply because they are an undersized team. There’s not one offensive player aside from Sean Couturier that is taller than 6’2″. Making matters worse, there are only five players that are north of 200 lbs. While both of those facts weren’t in the Flyers favor, there was really only one reason why they fell to the Caps. This team lacks offensive talent. There’s a fair amount of talent back on the blue line, but up front we’re severely depleted. We were clearly out-played from a talent aspect.

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BREAKING: Eagles Select Carson Wentz 2nd Overall

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on BREAKING: Eagles Select Carson Wentz 2nd Overall | Filed in Football, General, NFL
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Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

The wait is finally over….

“With the 2nd Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…..Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State.”

That’s right folks, the Eagles have landed their next franchise quarterback. Unlike the selection of Donovan McNabb in 1999, this selection was met by a round of cheers.

The Birds believe that this selection has brought them their new franchise quarterback. Wentz really burst onto the scene in a big way this winter. Back when the season began in September, the North Dakota State product was viewed as a third, maybe even a fourth-round selection. However, a strong finish to the season (including a Division II National Title), and a strong performance in the pre-draft workouts have seen his stock skyrocket.

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Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft

April 29th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft | Filed in Eagles, NFL

After what has been a wild offseason, the NFL Draft is finally here. In just a couple hours 31 players entered in this draft will have their dreams come true. One of those players will be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles to eventually have the opportunity to lead the Eagles back to winning football for the long-term future.

You know the story by now. The Eagles finished with the 13th selection, traded up to number 8, and eventually traded up to the second pick in this years draft. Going into this weekend, the Eagles currently have seven draft picks, and have a lot of holes to try and fill up by the time Saturday comes to an end.

With that being said, here is by seven round Eagles only mock draft:

First Round (2): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

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