"He's going to be given every opportunity to make our team for sure," Holmgren said.
6-foot-2, 214 pounds
Left wing, 21 years old
The seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft has put up similar numbers the last two seasons for the Columbus Bluejackets, averaging 48 points, with 15 goals and 33 assists in 80 games. Holmgren said he wanted to get bigger wings for his offensive attack, and Voracek fits right in. Holmgren said Voracek will be able to step in and play in the Flyers' top-nine mix of forwards.
"Any time you take out two 26-year-olds and you sprinkle in a 22, 23 and 20 year old, you're younger for sure," Holmgren said.
6-foot-2, 183 pounds
Right wing, 22 years old
He is another young, big forward for Holmgren to plug in. Simmonds is also capable of stepping into the Flyers' top-nine forwards mix, according to Holmgren. Simmonds has averaged 15 goals and 20 assists over the last two seasons for the Kings. Simmonds also totaled 264 penalty minutes in 240 games with the Kings. He was a second round pick - No. 61 overall - by the Kings in the 2007 draft.
"We looked at our team at the end of the year and felt we needed to get bigger on the wing," Holmgren said.
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