Quick Hits: June 6, 2023
1) The NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo got underway on Sunday and will run through June 10. There are 106 prospects participating (65 forwards, 34 defensemen, and seven goalie). The interview portion began yesterday and runs until June 9. Medical exams are tomorrow (June 7). Most of the physical testing will be done on June 10: standing height/wingspan, standing horizontal jump, force plate vertical jump, bench press, pro agility test, pull ups, and the dreaded Wingate Cycle Ergometer test.
Most of the highest-touted prospects in this year's Entry Draft are participating. This includes Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson, Will Smith, Ryan Leonard, Dalibor Dvorsky, Zach Benson and defensemen David Reinbacher and Axel Sandin Pellika. None of the Russian hopefuls are attending the Combine. However, some including Matvei Michkov, plan to attend the Entry Draft in Nashville on June 28-29.
2) Flyers Draft coverage: The Flyers have launched an Entry Draft-specific microsite. The content will be updated leading up to the Draft. To preview the site, click here
3) Today in Flyers History: June 6, 1969
Over the course of his colorful NHL, WHA and minor league career, the late Reggie "the Ruffian" Fleming took on all comers as one of the most willing fighters of his era. A frequent foe during his time with the New York Rangers, Fleming became a Flyer on June 6, 1969, when the Flyers acquired him from Rangers in exchange for Leon Rochefort and Don Blackburn.
Fleming dressed in 65 games for the Flyers in 1969-70, posting 134 penalty minutes and 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists). A fan favorite during his short time in Philadelphia, the Flyers lost him in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft after he was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres.