The Flyers on Wednesday announced the hiring of Kris Knoblauch as assistant coach.
The 38-year-old Knoblauch had been the head coach of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League since Nov. 29, 2012. This past season, Erie won the OHL championship and reached the final of the Memorial Cup before losing to Windsor.
Shortly after the NHL regular season, in April, the Flyers did not renew the contract of assistant coach Joe Mullen. He had been in charge of the power play.
"Kris has an outstanding track record and an excellent skill set," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "After spending some time together I know that he is a great fit for our staff and for our team."
Players to come out of Erie during Knoblauch's watch include Edmonton's Connor McDavid, Washington's Andre Burakovsky, Toronto's Connor Brown, and Arizona's Dylan Strome. Knoblauch coached a total of 19 NHL draft picks during his tenure in Erie. A potential 20th, Ivan Lodnia, is ranked 36th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 NHL draft.
A seventh-round draft choice of the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL draft, Knoblauch played four seasons in the Western Hockey League and five at the University of Alberta, winning a national championship in 2000. He had a brief professional career, spending the 2004-05 season in the Central Hockey League and then playing in France in 2005-06.
Knoblauch began his coaching career as an assistant with Prince Albert of the WHL in the 2006-07 season.