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Breaking down the 21-man roster for 2016-17 Flyers rookie camp

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The Flyers will begin their annual rookie camp on Monday, September 19.

2016 NHL Draft - Portraits
Pascal Laberge can hold a hockey stick. That’s a good sign.
Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images

Hockey season is almost here. Today at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, several Flyers veterans are on the ice with a group of rookies getting ready for training camp, which officially opens in a few weeks. And a week from today , 21 prospects will hit the ice for the first organized workouts of the 2016-17 season.

The annual rookie camp, which always precedes the official start of Flyers training camp, will kick off Monday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. and will continue with practices at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The following day, Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Flyers prospects will travel to Long Island for a rookie scrimmage against prospects from the New York Islanders. That game is open to the public at 6 p.m. at the Isles’ practice facility, Northwell Health Ice Center, in East Meadow, N.Y.

Among the 21 attending camp are a handful of players who have a chance of cracking the Flyers opening night roster at the conclusion of the big training camp: defensemen Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim, as well as forward Travis Konecny. Rookie camp will just be an appetizer for them, but it’s their first chance to show Ron Hextall

This will be our first real look at some of the 2016 draft class, as well. Goaltender Carter Hart plus forwards Pascal Laberge, Connor Bunnaman, Anthony Salinitri and Carsen Twarynski are the members of that class joining the camp.

Two players on the list you might not recognize are joining the team on invites: Guelph defenseman Garrett McFadden and Vancouver defenseman Brennan Menell.

McFadden is entering his third season with the OHL’s Storm, where he’ll wear an ‘A’ on his chest for the second year in a row. He’s a small, speedy 19-year-old defenseman who was passed by in the last two NHL drafts, but who went in 12th overall in the OHL draft back in 2013.

Menell is also preparing to enter his third major junior season with the WHL’s Giants. An American from Woodbury, Minn., Menell fits a similar mold as McFadden when it comes to his size and puck skills. He has also been passed over in two NHL drafts and nearly quit junior hockey last fall after frustration with his usage in Vancouver.

Here’s the full 21-man roster:

No. Forwards (12) Pos 2015-16 Team League GP G A Pts PIM
62 Aube-Kubel, Nicolas RW Val d'Or QMJHL 61 38 42 80 81
60 Lyubimov, Roman RW CSKA Moskva KHL 52 7 7 14 25
82 Bunnaman, Connor C Kitchener OHL 68 16 22 38 14
71 Dove-McFalls, Samuel LW Saint John QMJHL 29 5 7 12 41
65 Fazleev, Radel C Calgary WHL 59 19 52 71 46
56 Goulbourne, Tyrell LW Lehigh Valley AHL 73 7 10 17 75
63 Konecny, Travis RW Ottawa OHL 29 7 38 45 6
75 Laberge, Pascal C Victoriaville QMJHL 56 23 45 68 64
72 Swavely, Steven RW Lehigh Valley AHL 15 3 0 3 4
70 Martel, Danick LW Lehigh Valley AHL 67 22 15 37 68
86 Salinitri, Anthony C Sarnia OHL 62 17 13 30 29
81 Twarynski, Carsen LW Calgary WHL 67 20 25 45 42
No. Defensemen (7) Pos 2015-16 Team League GP G A Pts PIM
43 *McFadden, Garrett D Guelph OHL 68 11 29 40 48
46 *Menell, Brennan D Vancouver WHL 69 7 46 53 36
50 Morin, Samuel D Lehigh Valley AHL 76 4 15 19 118
64 Provorov, Ivan D Brandon WHL 62 21 52 73 16
57 Sanheim, Travis D Calgary WHL 52 15 53 68 66
61 Myers, Phillippe D Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL 63 17 28 45 44
68 Willcox, Reece D Cornell ECAC 33 2 11 13 2
No. Goaltenders (2) Pos 2015-16 Team League GP W L OT GAA
49 Lyon, Alex G Yale ECAC 31 19 8 4 1.64
79 Hart, Carter G Everett WHL 63 35 23 4 2.14