Roster Spot Races -- Rinaldo, Sestito, Shelley
As things presently stand, there are 10 Flyers forwards who are locks to hold a roster spot on opening night: Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek, Danny Briere, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedotenko. Barring injuries, that leaves just two starting spots and a 13th forward role up for grabs.
Eric Wellwood is not a lock for a spot. However, chances are good that the swift-skating 22-year-old checking forward will gain one of the available jobs. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was pleased with the work Wellwood turned in during his late-season callup to the club. He started 24 of the final 29 games of the regular season, including each of the final 13 games. Wellwood also dressed in all 11 of Philadelphia's playoff matches.
As such, it's fair to say that one of the available positions is Wellwood's job to lose. As a player on his entry-level contract, the Flyers also have the flexibility to have him open the season with the Phantoms in the event of an NHL lockout causing a delay to the start of the 2012-13 season.
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