Roundup and Video From Fan-Filled Flyers Rookie Game

Roundup and Video From Fan-Filled Flyers Rookie Game

Last night, the Flyers and Capitals played their annual rookie game, held this year at the Wells Fargo Center. I wasn't down there, but it sounds like it was a pretty fun evening for all involved. Feels like forever since I've seen my twitter timeline blow up with actual game activity, and it certainly did last night. Approximately 11,000 fans are said to have been in the building,
welcoming the the Flyers rookies and giving them an idea of what hockey
means here. Brayden Schenn, Paul Holmgren, and others all commented on the energy in the
building for the exhibition. After a summer marked by upheaval of the
on-ice product, the fans once again showed they're ready to be a
constant.

Here are a few of the storylines that came from the evening, which saw the lil' Flyers top the mini Caps, 3-2, plus some video highlights.

The evening began with a moment of silence for former Flyer Brad McCrimmon, who was one of the victims of the recent plane crash in Russia. I imagine that with the impact he's made on several NHL clubs, there will be a few more of these as the season approaches.

On to the game… First, some your video highlights:

Just a day after his signing with the Flyers was announced, Blake Kessel scored a powerplay goal and contributed an assist. Kessel is a defenseman  out of UNH and the younger brother of Toronto's Phil Kessel. Blake was excited to get on the board, but seemingly just as excited to walk into the locker room and see his name on that Flyers sweater. [CSNPhilly]

While it was a big night for Schenn and Flyers' top pick Sean Couturier in making their Philly debuts, Frank Seravalli's top star from the contest was Czech forward Tomas Hyka, who scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Seravalli has a good look at Hyka, whom the Flyers passed up through seven rounds of the draft, but invited to camp. [Daily News]

Travis at Broad Street Hockey shares some thoughts on how a few of the youngins did individually. [Broad Street Hockey]

Russ Cohen takes a look at how a few Flyers goalie prospects did in their first action with the team. [CSNPhilly]

There were three fights in the rookie game, and yes, Derek "The Marshall" Mathers threw them things. No video of his drop yet, but here's Campbell Elyniuk getting his name on the sheet.

The Eagles just got underway, the Phillies just clinched their fifth straight playoff appearance, the Union are in the hunt for their first, and yet, there's still plenty of room for some excitement about a new-look Flyers team.

Nerlens Noel to get one-on-one experience while Sixers on road

Nerlens Noel to get one-on-one experience while Sixers on road

Being immersed in the team is important for Nerlens Noel, and so is continuing his rehab. 

While the Sixers are on the road for three days to play the Grizzlies and Pelicans, Noel will remain in Philadelphia to work out at the training complex in Camden, New Jersey. The team is not scheduled to practice in between games, so staying back allows Noel another day to get on the court.

“[I want him to] just start playing more and have a ball in his hands, get hit, physical, feel people, play one-on-one,” head coach Brett Brown said.

Noel has yet to play this season because of elective arthroscopic left knee surgery in October. He rejoined the Sixers after completing the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Alabama. There still is no timetable for his return. 

Brown has said there is a “classroom” element to Noel’s return. He has to learn a roster with new players and schemes. 

The on-the-court side of it is a reacclimation to the intensity of the league. Regardless of how many games Noel already has played in the NBA, there is an adjustment period getting back into the grind of the competition. Brown believes the time in the gym this week will help Noel prepare for the level of intensity he will face in his return. 

“It’s such fool’s gold to think somebody’s going to jump back into NBA basketball after you haven’t played for so long. I don’t care how athletic he is,” Brown said. “It’s a man’s world, this league, and there’s a physicality and there’s a real-time reaction you have to have to play in the game. You can’t make that up in practice, you can’t make that up playing one-on-one, but you can better position him instead of just going out to get shots. I want him to feel a body, get hit, hit back, play one-on-one, those types of things.”

Noel had been assigned to the Sixers’ Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, to get in practice time when the Sixers had a game. The Sixers may forego another assignment and keep Noel at their facility as the Sevens also have two games in the next three days. 

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

Joel Embiid finally struggles in Sixers' loss to Nuggets

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Joel Embiid has been making the NBA look easy. Rookie of the Month honors, five double-doubles in 13 games, seven performances of 20 points or more … all having missed the last two years rehabbing from foot injuries.

Embiid, though, still is a player learning the league. Night’s like Monday’s lackluster showing are going to happen, even if it seemed unexpected against the struggling Denver Nuggets. 

“We’ve been used to seeing Jo have superhuman nights,” Brett Brown said after the Sixers’ 106-98 loss (see Instant Replay). “I thought Joel was down tonight.” 

Embiid tallied a total 16 points (5 for 15 from the field, 1 for 3 from three, 5 for 6 from the line) with four rebounds, one assist, a career-high five blocks, three turnovers and three fouls in 25:32. 

He had a quiet first half with six points (2 for 5 from the field) and one rebound in 9:21. The biggest struggle came in the third quarter. Embiid scored a single point off a free throw and shot 0 for 6 from the floor. By the end of three, he was shooting 18.2 percent. 

The big man said he needed to be better at passing out of the double team. He committed two turnovers in the third. 

“I wasn’t getting to my spot and I wasn’t getting what I’m used to getting,” Embiid said of the first three quarters. “I’m going to go back and watch the tape and see what I did wrong.” 

Embiid bounced back for another Embiid-like offensive effort in the fourth. He dropped nine points off an efficient 3 for 4 shooting in 7:31. Still, it wasn’t enough. 

“I made a couple shots,” Embiid said. “It didn’t help us win, so I don’t think it matters.”

Brown noticed Embiid rushing his game. He also thought Embiid’s balance was off, something the big man has been dealing with all season as he continues to find his legs. 

Embiid will not play in Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies. It is part of his workload management in which he does not play both games of a back-to-back. Expect him to hone in on game film until his next matchup, and get back on the roller coaster that can be a first year in the NBA. 

“It's just part of a young man's growth,” Brown said. “It just happens. I don't think we need to read too deeply into it. I think, in many ways, to expect from time to time not as good of a performance as we have been used to is fair enough.”