Here are 10 observations from the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over the visiting New York Rangers on Tuesday:
- Last week, I thought Robert Hagg was a lock to make the Flyers. Now, through no fault of his own, I think he's behind Travis Sanheim and Sam Morin. The latter had a goal and four hits Tuesday. All three rookie defensemen have had excellent training camps and deserve roster spots. But if the Flyers only take two of the three, Hagg could be the odd-man out. Then again, there are two preseason games left, so things could still change.
- From here, Scott Laughton has earned a roster spot. His defense and penalty killing have been very effective, and he chipped in with a goal Tuesday. Laughton has developed good chemistry with linemate Michael Raffl. Those two figure to be on the fourth line when the season opens. Raffl gained seven pounds and added some muscle in the off-season and doesn't get pushed off the puck as easily. The other spot on the fourth line may go to Taylor Leier, Matt Read, Dale Weise, or Jori Lehtera.