On the Ice With Isaac: A New Left Wing Candidate
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — First it looked like it might be Austrian rookie Michael Raffl to get a chance on the third-line left wing.
No, no, maybe the Flyers will move natural center Scott Laughton to the wing. Wait. That may not hold, either.
As camp winds down, it looks like the job could belong to Max Talbot. Center Sean Couturier and right wing Matt Read, with a new four-year extension in tow, are locks for the third line.
“You can’t complain at all about who you’re playing with,” Read said with a smile. “Coots is coming into his own. He’s looking great out there. Max is a very reliable player. He can play defense. He can play offense. The three of us fit well together. ”
Then again, it could change once more. There are three exhibition games left for coach Peter Laviolette to try out new things, and see how much chemistry he can build before Oct. 2 when the regular season opens.
“We’re still looking,” Laviolettte said in terms of set lines. “Things aren’t settled here yet. It should be interesting.”
If Talbot, 29, does end up on the third line, he’ll make the line pretty versatile. Two seasons ago, Talbot had a career-high 19 goals. He and Couturier are also penalty killers.