Thursday Morning Fly By: You Now Have a Reason to Buy NHL 13

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers poses after being named the EA SPORTS NHL13 cover athlete during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers-related news and notes...

  • Dave Strehle nails it here, arguing that the Flyers need to break from their past and keep their young players, as they are finally on the right path: [SB Nation Philly]
  • Draft preview for the Flyers including a mock draft pick: [Hockey'sFuture]
  • Chatting with EA Cover boy Claude Giroux and runner-up Pekka Rinne: [Puck Daddy]
  • A look at drafting defensemen in the first round, using prior years' award nominees as evidence of what position to draft in the first round: [Flyers Faithful]
  • A pair of relatively minor rule changes were adopted for next year: [SBNation.com]
  • Assessing skill, risk, opportunity, repeatability, and Erik Karlsson's new contract: [NHLNumbers.com]
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