Flyers announce final roster for 2022-23 season opener


The Leaflets The season is expected to start Thursday night. Monday at 5 p.m. marked the deadline for submitting the final slate for the 2022-23 season.

On Tuesday morning, the team officially announced the roster of 23 players ahead of opening night. While there were a few moving parts in the roster even after the initial submission deadline due to injuries, this is the group that will start the season at the NHL level. The roster is made up of 13 forwards, eight defenders and two goaltenders.

Here is the list of Flyers 2022-23:

Attackers

  • 57 Wade Allison
  • 89 Cam Atkinson
  • 49 Noah Cates
  • 44 Nicolas Deslauriers
  • 86 Joel Farabée
  • 48 Morgan Frost
  • 13 Kevin Hayes
  • 42 Hayden Hodgson
  • 11 Travis Konecny
  • 58 Tanner Laczynski
  • 21 Scott Laughton
  • 74Owen Tippett
  • 25 James van Riemsdyk

Defenders

  • 47 Ronnie Attard
  • 61 Justin Brown
  • 77 Tony DeAngelo
  • 9 Ivan Provorov
  • 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
  • 6 Travis Sanheim
  • 24 Nick Seeler
  • 54 Egor Zamula

Goalkeepers

  • 33Samuel Ersson
  • 79 Carter Hart

Sean Couturier was placed on injured reserve and Ryan Ellis was officially transferred to the long-term injury reserve. Wade Allison, Tanner Laczyńskiand Egor Zamula were all sent out on paper by the Monday deadline before being called back on Tuesday.

Bobby Brink, patrick brownand Felix Sandstrom were all placed on the unlisted casualty list.

There are a few observations for this list. There aren’t many surprises up front. The veterans expected to be part of the team are there. Noah Cates and Laczynski were highlighted enough by the coaching staff to indicate their spot on the roster was expected.

Hayden Hodgson might be considered a bit of a surprise, especially after Jean Tortorelle noted that he had an “ok” side, but he seems like a good candidate for the 13th striker spot. This is particularly important at the start of the season with Cam Atkinson not yet sure whether to play in Thursday’s opener and Joel Farabee get out of a major operation.

The team also carries eight defenders. Given the youth there with Ronnie late and Zamula being on the team, they certainly have the cap space to do so once Ellis’ contract moves to LTIR. That said, it doesn’t make much sense for Attard and Zamula to be on the long-term roster unless both are playing. Earlier this week there were indications that Nick Seeler and justin brown would be the team’s third defensive pair with the other four defenders locked in positions. Either something will change there or it’s a very temporary placement for both of them.

Finally, there is the goalkeeper. Carter Hart has been training regularly for over a week now, despite not playing in a game this pre-season. Everything indicates that he is ready to leave for Thursday. But the backup competition is a little less resolute. Samuel Ersson made the team more out of necessity than anything else. He was certainly locked in a battle with Sandstrom, but it looks like Sandstrom won’t be ready for the start of the season at least. That gives Ersson the opportunity for now.

The puck drops on the 2022-23 season Thursday night when the Flyers host the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.

Kevin Durso is the Flyers Insider for 97.3 ESPN and the Flyers Editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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