It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of a full-scale youth movement on defense. It began in 2015, when Shayne Gostisbehere was called up to the NHL and delivered an unexpected Calder-caliber year. Ivan Provorov continued the process the following season by playing in all 82 games and establishing himself as the team’s No. 1 defenseman before turning 20. In 2017-18, both Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg hit the big club for the first time as full-timers, and now Samuel Morin and Philippe Myers are banging on the door. The restructuring of the Philadelphia back end is not some future goal — it’s happening right now.

But the Flyers have determined that turning over the entire defense all at once is not the right path to take, preferring to gradually move a few prospects onto the big club on a year-by-year basis. As a result, veterans have filled the gaps in the lineup, allowing the organization to wait on the youngsters who have been…

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