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Monday Morning Fly By: Yo, draft week!

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

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*It's draft week! Yes, we'll celebrate for the whole week because it is June and life is empty. As we eagerly await Friday's festivities, read up on the unsung heroes of draft day. [Flyers]

*The history of the 18th draft pick. The Flyers pick at 18 did you know that?! [CSN Philly]

*You wonderful folks have voted Pierre-Luc DuBois as the 5th best prospect in the draft; now pick number 6! [BSH]

*The Flyers have signed defenseman Maxim Lamarche to an AHL contract. [Phantoms Hockey]

*Hexy and director of scouting Chris Pryor answered some questions ahead of the draft. [Flyers]

*Speaking of Hexy, he thinks the Flyers have come a long way toward contending for a Stanley Cup. [CSN Philly]

*So like...what if we lose Steve Mason to expansion? [BSH]

*Biggest news over the weekend was that Pavel Datsyuk has made his return to Russia official. [Winging It In Motown]

*The Coyotes new AHL franchise will bring us the return of the Roadrunners. [Icethetics]

*Speaking of, it isn't easy to name a whole new sports team. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The NHL should have a goal, and that goal should be bringing the offense. [Toronto Star]

*And finally, because it's summer, here's Kerry Fraser talking about all the ways that The Might Ducks defies reality. [TSN]