It’s now a week into Philadelphia Flyers training camp, and the attendees fully understand what it means to survive a John Tortorella-run camp.
The practices have been long, intense and focused on conditioning and competition. Add in the three preseason games over the first week, and the players are certainly being tested.
For the organization’s prospects, however, this camp has not merely been about survival. There are jobs up for grabs, and given the message from both general manager Chuck Fletcher and Tortorella himself, the kids certainly have the opportunity to seize them. So which prospects after one week have put themselves in the driver’s seat for spots? And which ones enter Week 2 needing to prove a lot more?
It’s time for a return of an old faithful: the Flyers stock report.
Stock Up: Noah Cates
The younger Cates brother came into camp with a leg up on the rest of the prospect competition for a spot on the final 23-man roster due to his stellar work at the end of the regular season.
It’s a lead he hasn’t relinquished. If anything, he’s only grown it.
From the start of rookie camp, Noah Cates has looked like a clear-cut NHLer. His skating ability has dramatically improved from where it was even just a few years ago, and as Ian Laperriere put it, he’s simply a “coach’s dream.” He’s always in the right spot, putting pressure on the forecheck, making the right pass, attacking the net front without the puck and backchecking with vigor and purpose.