Archive for Andreas Nodl

Today’s Lines at Practice

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Still say Carcillo should be the odd-man out, but it appears I’m never going to get my way.  Look for these to be the combo’s tomorrow night against Tampa.


Updates: JVR May Return to Line-Up Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on November 15, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Andreas Nodl logged less than six minutes of ice-time during Saturday’s victory over the Florida Panthers.  The reason he logged so little time was not due to disciplinary action from head coach Peter Laviolette, but rather because the Flyers’ winger had injured his big toe.  However, one Flyer’s loss may be another Flyer’s gain.

Nodl's foot injury may mark the return of JVR

James van Riemsdyk practiced yesterday with the Flyers on a regular line for the first time since he became a regular healthy scratch two weeks ago.  Because of the injury to Nodl, the former second overall pick will likely be back in the Flyers’ line-up for the first time in four games.  van Riemsdyk has only four points in thirteen games this season, and no goals to his name.

I’ll keep you updated on this situation as the day goes on, but as of now, look for JVR to be in the lineup tonight.  Hopefully he’ll come with a spark.‘s Tim Panaccio has more: FLYERS’ NODL DOESN’T PRACTICE; JVR BACK IN LINEUP?

Updates: Nodl Brings Meaning to “Depth”

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on November 8, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Andreas Nodl’s goal Saturday night against the New York Islanders gave the Flyers a 2-1 victory and a six game winning streak.  Yesterday, Nodl assisted on Nik Zherdev’s opening goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, giving the Swiss-born winger four points in his last four games.

Nodl's goal lifted the Flyers on Saturday night

After scoring only one goal in his first 50 NHL games, Nodl suddenly had found his scoring touch entering yesterday’s contest, scoring three times in his past four contests.  Nodl started with the Flyers last season before being sent back down to the Adirondack’s to hone his skills.  He burst back onto the scene in the playoffs when he filled in admirably as a penalty killer while Ian Laperriere was out with injury.  Now, as an apparent regular in Peter Laviolette’s line-up Nodl is cementing himself as a very solid depth player, with the ability to score a goal every now and then.  That type of player is a hot commodity in today’s NHL, and the Flyers can only hope Nodl will continue to be just as strong as he’s been so far throughout the rest of the season.

Sam Carchidi, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, has more: FLYERS NOTES: SUDDENLY, NODL IS SCORING OFF THE BENCH

Tweets: Wellwood Called Up, Line Changes if Briere Suspended

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted this morning about the Flyers’ latest call-up:

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted about possible line changes if Danny Briere is lost to a suspension tonight:


Player Report Card: Andreas Nodl

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on June 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

This is the first of my Player Report Card series that I’ll be continuing throughout this entire summer.  Basically, I’ll take a look at each player and their accomplishments (or lack thereof) during the regular season and playoffs, and round it all out with a final grade and where I see them next year to finish.  One thing to note: I’ll only be talking about each players’ time with the Flyers this past season, other teams or leagues (AHL, Juniors, etc) won’t be factored in.  All contract information taken from Cap Geek.  Andreas Nodl, by no particular reason, is the first on the chopping block.

NAME: Andreas Nodl

POSITION: Right Wing

Regular Season Statistics: 10 Games Played – 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point.  -2

Analysis: Unlike last season, when Paul Holmgren gave Nodl an immediate shot at the big club from opening night, Nodl began this year as a member of the Adirondack Phantoms.  He spent the majority of the season there, making a few appearances in Orange and Black to reciprocate for men lost to injury during the course of the season.  While with the Flyers, Nodl spent the majority of his time as a third and fourth line checking player, but coach Peter Laviolette did occasionally throw him on the top two Flyers units.  However, I think that was more a situation of the Flyers not having enough able bodies than Nodl actually asserting himself as a scorer.

Postseason Statistics: 10 Games Played – 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points. -1

Analysis: When I first heard that Andreas Nodl would be one of the Flyers’ replacements in the second round against the Boston Bruins for injured forwards Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere, I wasn’t the most receptive to it.  I wondered what Nodl could possibly bring to the table as all he’d previously been was a third and fourth line player when in a Flyers uniform.  However, it turned out I was dead wrong.  In fact, a third or fourth line player ended up being all the Flyers needed out of Nodl.  Of course, Mr. Nodl will always have a special place in all Flyers fans hearts, as he was apart of the group that completed the historic comeback against the Boston Bruins.  However, Nodl brought a lot more to the table than just a body.  He ended up being a superb penalty killer, and as the playoffs progressed from the Boston series to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Nodl quickly was earning more and more of coach Peter Laviolette’s trust.  As a result, I think he established himself as a good depth player and strong penalty killer at the NHL level.


Reasoning: I think a “C” is more than reasonable for Nodl.  Some would likely argue that he took a step back in his progress from last season, being that he spent over 75% of the year in the AHL, but I think he earned his stripes back a bit with his performance in the playoffs.  Of course, as far as next year is concerned, that display in the postseason may earn him a permanent spot in Orange and Black.  Role players Dan Carcillo and Darroll Powe are restricted free agents, while Arron Asham is an unrestricted free agent.  Should the Flyers elect not to resign one or more of those three and choose to go in-house, Nodl should be at the top of the list for a spot on the fourth line and a permanent return to the NHL level beginning next season. 

Updates: Prospect Refresher – Forwards

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

While the Flyers’ current predicament is bright – they enter 2010-2011 as the defending Eastern Conference Champions – their forseeable future has the potential to take a turn for the worst.  In today’s NHL, teams gain the most success by building from within their own organizations.  The Flyers have been able to show this off during their postseason run his year, as Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter, and Simon Gagne are all guys that originally were drafted by the Flyers and have been with the organization since day one.  However, according to Hockey’s Future, the Flyers as an organization have a future that is anything but bright.

Eric Wellwood and his Taylor Hall-led Windsor Spitfires won the Memorial Cup for the second year in a row

The Flyers rank 28th out of the 30 National Hockey League franchises as far as their prospects and farm systems are concerned.  While that may come as a surprise to many fans out there, it shouldn’t.  The Flyers are absolutely notorious for not investing the proper time in their prospects as many other franchises do, and, as a result – by virtue of them being a cap casualty, or the Flyers seeing the ability to bring in a star – the Flyers generally ship them off (see: Patrick Sharp, Scottie Upshall, Joni Pitkanen).  Here’s what Hockey’s Future has to say about the Flyers in their 2009-2010 Organizational Rankings:

Strengths: The Flyers have a good group of blueline prospects. Erik Gustafsson has been signed as a free agent out of college, joining Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon as legitimate NHL blueline prospects. Weaknesses: Three of the Flyers former top five prospects have graduated in the last few months. Their graduations leave a huge gap in the organization. Goaltending is still a big question mark. Joacim Eriksson is an excellent prospect who has completed an outstanding regular season, however, should he not adjust well to North American play if he comes over, there is not much behind him.

Hockey’s Future is spot on with their assessment.  The Flyers have a great prospect outlook on their back-end, which certainly is good, but that’s about it.  Their goaltending is shallow, as are their forwards, and the thought as to whether or not Eriksson will be able to handle the transition from European to North American play is certainly a valid one.  I think all it takes is watching the well-documented struggles that Johan Backlund – also a Swedish netminder like Eriksson – went through this year in adjusting to the dimensions of a North American rink as well as the style of North American play.

Once a top prospect in Columbus, Legein played for the Phantoms last season

What makes the situation difficult for the Flyers in the near future is that there is very little likelihood that they will be adding to their current group of prospects in any kind of positive manner.  The Flyers don’t have a first round pick in this draft, as it was traded to the Anaheim Ducks last offseason, along with Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa for Chris Pronger.  The Flyers don’t have a second round pick, either.  That pickwill go to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on July 1, 2008 that sent Patrik Hersley and Ned Lukacevic to Philadelphia in exchange for Denis Gauthier and the Flyers’ second round pick in 2010.  So, the Flyers won’t pick until the third round in 2010, and the possibility of them finding a diamond in the rough at that point is slim.  This has been touted as one of the deepest drafts in some time, but it’s hard for me to believe there’s going to be a stud still standing at the 89th overall spot in the third round – the Flyers’ first pick.  The Orange and black will also select 119th overall (4th rnd), 149th overall (5th rnd), 179th overall (6th rnd), and 209th overall (7th rnd).  That makes for five picks total in the seven rounds of the draft.  A Flyers trade is still a definitely possibility during the draft, however, the chances of that trade being centered around acquiring another pick are incredibly slim.  Instead it will likely be for a goaltender (Jonathan Quick, please?).

Here are the Flyers’ top five prospects in the category of Forwards.  I have included their previous team and their stats from that season.


1. Patrick Maroon, Left Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 67 GP: 11 Goals, 33 Assists, 44 Points. -15

2. Andreas Nodl, Right Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 65 GP: 14 Goals, 20 Assists, 34 Points. -10

3. Stefan Legein, Right Wing.  (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL) 77 GP: 26 Goals, 11 Assists, 37 Points. -19

4. Eric Wellwood, Left Wing. (Windsor Spitfires – OHL) 65 GP: 31 Goals, 37 Assists, 68 Points. +36
5.  David Laliberte, Right Wing. (Adirondack Phantoms – AHL, spent time with Flyers) 66 GP: 18 Goals, 28 Assists, 46 Points. -11

Updates: Carcillo Defines ‘Postseason Warrior’

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Yesterday, the Flyers received a huge jolt to their line-up as they welcomed back Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter from injury.  The two had been on the shelf for all of the second round, and all the previous three games of the first round, each nursing serious hockey injuries (Lappy with a broken orbital bone and brain contusion, Carter with a broken foot).

Carcillo has seen dramatic improvements in his play this season

However, as two players entered the Flyers’ line-up yesterday, that also meant that two players would have to come out.  Andreas Nodl, although he played exceptionally well in his brief playoff stint with the Flyers, certainly was the first option.  The second option, however, wasn’t nearly as clear an option for Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.  In the end, it wound up being the Flyers’ biggest pest and agitator, Dan Carcillo.

As Frank Seravalli writes today in his blog Frequent Flyers, Carcillo has been nothing short of defining what the playoffs are all about this postseason.  Taking the scratch in stride, Seravalli acknowledged that Carcillo said the line-up the Flyers had yesterday in that situation gives them the best chance to win.  It’s a great read, and sheds some light on the improvements that Dan Carcillo has overcome this season to become a more complete and effective player in the Orange and Black.

Check out Seravalli’s article here: CARCILLO IS WHAT PLAYOFFS ARE ALL ABOUT