For some diehard Philadelphia Flyers fans, it was a few days of sitting and basking in the bright future of the franchise.
The Flyers held their Development Camp two weeks ago to try to improve the skills of over 40 young prospects in the organization.
Among them were newcomers Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and Erik Gustafsson. These three players were perhaps the guys with the most eyes on them. These prospects, especially Schenn and Couturier, are the players that will be taking over for the departed Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. They will soon become the new faces of the franchise.
After only a week of camp, the rave surrounding these prospects has only increased. Here are five of the prospects that increased their stock the most at camp.
It was about this time last year that the Flyers signed a Russian goaltender to an entry level deal.
That goalie was Sergei Bobrovsky, who turned out to be one heck of a rookie for the Flyers and was named the Flyers playoff goaltender.
Now the Flyers have signed a Finnish born goaltender named Niko Hovinen. He is a giant who stands at 6'7". He was a quick add to the Development Camp roster.
In his only action of the week, Hovinen shut out Team Black in the first period.
Matt Read did not have to attend Development Camp, but he did. Read, 25, was the oldest prospect at camp and he volunteered to be there.
He knew he needed the extra push and the extra teaching to be considered for the Flyers fall roster.
Read impressed many recording 13 points in just 11 games with the Phantoms last year, but the big question surround him is his durability? How will a college player transfer into playing an 82 game season?
Speaking of going from college to the pros....Mike Testwuide is another college grad looking to make the Flyers roster.
Testwuide had to also transition from a 30 game season to an 82 game season. In his first year with the Phantoms, he tallied 18 goals and 21 assists as a undrafted free agent. Could the Flyers have found a diamond in the rough?
Testwuide finished camp by scoring two goals in the final scrimmage.
The Flyers' 2011 first-round pick surely impressed many this week. The eighth overall pick showed off his dazzling offensive game.
There is no doubt that Couturier will be a scorer for years to come in the NHL. The only concern with him now is his stamina and strength. He is 6'4" and weighs only 190 pounds. If he wants to live up to all the hype, he will have to add some bulk to his big frame.
If all goes well, the Flyers have their center for the future.
This won't be the last time you see this fan sign. Philly fans are in love with their puns and will have plenty of years to use the "Schenn-sational" sign.
Schenn was the main prospect heading into Camp and leaves with even greater expectations.
In their final scrimmage, Schenn recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a four-point performance. Hopefully the young duo of Schenn and Couturier puts names like Carter and Richards in the back of every Flyers' fans mind.