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Thursday Morning Fly By: #2 on your ballots but #1 in our hearts

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

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*Big night for Sean Couturier last night and Charlie took a deep-dive into his breakout season. [The Athletic]

*Coots didn’t win, though. But he came in second. That’s pretty cool. [BSH]

*The Flyers will open their season out West again (UGH), this time against the Vegas Golden Knights. We don’t get the full schedule until later today, because the NHL is dramatic. [BSH]

*You’re coming to our draft party, right? [BSH]

*We are one day out from said draft and the Wayne Simmonds rumors are smooooooking. [Sportsnet]

*Bill Meltzer has some draft-related thoughts. All thoughts will likely be draft-related through Saturday. [Hockeybuzz]

*If the Flyers draft a defenseman tomorrow night, they could do worse than Ty Smith, who is drawing some favorable comparisons. [NBC Sports Philly]

*There are so, so many kids available at these drafts. It’s really hard to keep up. Luckily we’re doing it for you and we’re up to volume 5. [BSH]

*But that’s not all! We’ve also got a look at what kind of gems might be found in the (very) late rounds this weekend. [BSH]

*The 14th pick is probably going to be the juicy one for us, though. Here’s a full rundown of who they might take there. [NBC Sports Philly]

*NHL head coaches don’t quit very often, which it was kind of shocking to see Barry Trotz elect to walk out of Washington earlier this week. DGB has ten other coaches who decided to move on to better things. [Sportsnet]