Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Samuel Morin shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (left) after being introduced as the number eleven overall pick to the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

"Tough...Mean...Flyer": Behind NHL Draft Day


The Philadelphia Flyers released the second episode of their web series, Flight Plan, last week.  The episode, entitled “Tough…Mean…Flyer”follows the Flyers’ front office to the Prudential Center for this year’s NHL draft where the scene is a little more intense than some of the fantasy league drafts we may be used to.  Then most of the episode focuses on the newest Philadelphia Flyer, Samuel Morin, who as the title suggests, is a tough, mean Flyer on the ice.

Although the NHL would not allow cameras around the draft tables, we get to see some brief insights from draft day.  For example, we see Paul Holmgren shoot down a possible trade with the Canadiens, who also wanted Morin, as well as  behind-the-scenes footage of Morin’s first hours as a Flyer.  The cameras follow him through media press conferences and interviews and provide some entertaining moments.

I enjoyed hearing Morin talk about the similarities between himself and former Flyers’ defenseman, Chris Pronger.  I like that Morin has a former Flyer as a role model, and I hope he can learn from Pronger how to help out the Flyers’ defense.  The only negative thing I can say about the episode is when some fans stop Morin outside one of the tunnels before another round of media interviews.  Morin graciously stops to quickly sign something and take a picture but kind of misses the guys wearing Flyers’ shirts.  He signs something for a boy wearing a Bruins jersey and one of the Flyers’ fans calls him out on it which is kind of funny.  I guess I’ll let it slide this time since it was for a young kid though.

One of the moments that stands out most for me was when Morin was getting his media credentials from two girls (most likely interns) guarding a media room.  After giving him the standard little speech, one of the girls tells him to “have fun” and I think that was great advice.  I admire these athletes so much, especially since many are the same age as me, if not younger, and I hope they do take time to have some fun.  Morin is 18-years-old and playing professional hockey, so draft day had to be one of the best days of his life.  I hope he took that girl’s advice and soaked everything in that he could that day.

All in all, another entertaining webisode from the Flyers’ series Flight Plan.  Some may argue the episodes are too short but I actually enjoy the length.  Everyone has such busy schedules now but I can easily find 10 minutes in my day to catch up on the Flyers’ behind-the-scenes action.  The next episode will focus on development camp and will include some interesting off-ice activities.  Keep checking PhiladelphiaFlyers.com for episode three’s exact release date and be sure to come back to Section 215 for a quick review!

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