For as much scrutiny as Chuck Fletcher faces, Ron Hextall's drafts have shown the Flyers inability to build a core that lasted well into the future. The minor trade involving Isaac Ratcliffe was further proof.
The Flyers faced a two-goal deficit in the first period and never fully recovered, getting the margin to within one in the third before dropping a seventh straight game, 5-2, on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.
On Thursday night in the season opener, the team that scored just eight goals in six preseason games got five goals, all from players who fall into that youthful category, as the Flyers claimed a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers closed the preseason with a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders, as Noah Dobson scored with 7.3 seconds remaining in the extra session on the power play. The Flyers finished the preseason with a 1-4-1 record.