The Flyers are in a good place following the Expansion Draft


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Report: Kraken pass on Voracek, JVR in expansion draft; take Flyers' Carsen Twarynski instead 22 July, 2021 - 04:10am

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Forward Carsen Twarynski is reportedly headed to Seattle.

It was gearing up for a big farewell this week, with the Flyers dangling well-known veterans like Jake Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Shayne Gostisbehere and Justin Braun in front of the NHL's newest team, the Seattle Kraken, ahead of the expansion draft on Wednesday night. 

The overwhelming belief was that Seattle was going to pluck JVR from the Flyers, a year after the one-time member of the Orange and Black was reunited with the team that drafted him, and get themselves a veteran presence with plenty of NHL experience. Some thought they may take Voracek or Braun or Gostisbehere, but either way it was looking like the Flyers, just a couple of days after trading for defenseman Ryan Ellis, would be using this opportunity to open up some salary cap space ahead of bigger offseason moves.

But it turns out the Kraken had plans of their own, opting to select Carsen Twarynski instead, according to Frank Seravalli. 

Not that @frank_seravalli needs me to confirm his work on this front, but yes, I can confirm that Carsen Twarynski is Seattle's pick from the Flyers.

That's certainly an interesting turn of events. 

On one hand, Chuck Fletcher will now be forced to find that cap relief elsewhere, especially if there's another big trade brewing. For example, some were speculating the Kraken would select Vladimir Tarasenko from the Blues in the expansion draft, with reports being that they would then re-route the forward to another team like the Flyers, who are on his list of potential trade destinations.

Speaking of the actual draft, that will take place in just two short days, with the first round kicking off on Friday night. The Flyers, who currently hold the 14th overall pick, should have a lot of options, and the consensus is that they'll be looking to add offense. It's worth wondering whether or not this expansion draft surprise throws any wrinkles into Chuck Fletcher's plan. 

Meanwhile, the expansion draft kicks off Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2, although it appears that the majority of the picks will be known by then. 

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Kraken Select Carsen Twarynski From the Philadelphia Flyers

The Hockey Writers 22 July, 2021 - 04:10am

Seattle Kraken Reportedly Select…. Carsen Twarynski? In the Expansion Draft?

Crossing Broad 22 July, 2021 - 04:10am

Let’s get it back to hockey.

The Seattle Kraken completed their expansion draft, and though the selections aren’t actually going to be made official until later, Frank Seravalli and other NHL reporters have been leaking the shit out of the choices.

Frank, a Philly guy, says the Kraken are taking… Carsen Twarynski?

There was a lot of intrigue about whether #SeaKraken would be tempted to take one of the high-priced players the #Flyers dangled.

Hearing the selection was a bit of a surprise: Carsen Twarynski.

Can honestly say I didn't see him plucked in many mock drafts. @DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

Twarynski is 23 years old and has played 22 games for Flyers since he was taken in the third round of the 2016 draft. He’s played just over 100 games for the Phantoms, where he’s logged 18 goals and 20 assists.

I guess Dave Hakstol was big on Twarynski? Not sure. Ant and Russ would know. Gotta pull these guys from their real jobs and get some hockey expertise up in here. Seems a weird pick for Seattle, but maybe they’re banking on the upside of a young guy and trying to build a foundation here, instead of going for some of the high-priced vets that were dangled.

Just as a refresher, this was the Flyers’ protected list:

Left exposed were JVR, Jake Voracek, Ghost, Robert Hagg, Justin Braun, and the rest.

It seems like Seattle is thus far having a somewhat vanilla type of draft. These are the reported names they’ve selected:

#SeaKraken reported picks so far..#COfRed Mark Giordano#GoBolts Yanni Gourde#GoHabsGo Cale Fleury#LetsGoPens Brandon Tanev#Canucks Kole Lind#STLBlues Vince Dunn #ALLCaps Vitek Vanecek#goSENSgo Joey Daccord#AnytimeAnywhere Carsen Twarynski

— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) July 21, 2021

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Flyers Lose Carsen Twarynski in Expansion Draft Stunner

Broad Street Buzz 21 July, 2021 - 08:27am

Mar 31, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall (4) applies pressure around the goal as Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) and left wing Carsen Twarynski (81) defend during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Kraken reportedly pulled off a stunner. Frank Seravalli has indicated that 23-year-old Carsen Twarynski was selected as the choice from the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Expansion Draft.

There was a lot of intrigue about whether #SeaKraken would be tempted to take one of the high-priced players the #Flyers dangled.

Hearing the selection was a bit of a surprise: Carsen Twarynski.

Can honestly say I didn't see him plucked in many mock drafts. @DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

Twarynski has only 22 games of NHL experience under his belt. He was been a fringe roster player for the Flyers over the past two seasons under head coach Alain Vigneault. It was thought that prospect Connor Bunneman was higher on the organizational depth chart.

The logic of the Kraken is likely based on salary. Twarynski is a restricted free agent entering 2021-22, and he will likely cost less than $1 million in average annual value. The possibility of this strategy did lead the Flyers to protect winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

He was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, while recently hired Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol was still behind the bench in Philadelphia. The connection likely played a part in the decision. Indicators about the opinions of Hakstol surrounding other players he formerly coached being selected were very mixed.

The move might be also an indicator that other transactions are imminent. Rumors swirled about potential picks heading into today. Most of them surrounded veterans Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, and Shayne Gostisbehere. All three are on the roster, and general manager Chuck Fletcher will forced to maneuver in order to improve the flexibility in regard to the NHL’s flat salary cap at $81.5 million.

Most mock drafts indicated that the three previously mentioned veterans were the most likely to be picked while defensemen Justin Braun and Robert Hagg were possible sleeper selections. Twarynski is a move off the board that very few, if any, saw coming.

The thought was that the Kraken might choose a more formidable NHL player with more experience, but Seattle general manager Ron Francis opted for a 23-year-old who has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL while only recording a grand total of one NHL point.

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