Joffrey Lupul was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and played for Fort Saskatchewan in the AAA and AMHL before heading to the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers. He produced very well for the Tigers, once icing 106 points in 72 regular season games. Lupul was eventually drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 7th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He reported to the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL for three games but was called up to Anaheim instantly in the 2003-2004 season. Lupul spent the lockout season back down in the AHL and then spent 2005-2006 with the club in Anaheim. He finished that season with 53 points in 81 games. Lupul was moved to the Edmonton Oilers for the following season, however, and finished 2006-2007 with a diminished 28 points in 81 games in Edmonton. He was on the move once more and was traded along with Oilers captain Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers in July of 2007. Lupul will start with the Flyers in the upcoming season and hopes to make a considerable impact. He is a skilled player with a good offensive upside, capable of around 20-30 goals a season. Lupul has good hockey sense and a nose for the net, although he sometimes avoids high traffic areas more than he should. He’ll be a nice fit on the revamped Flyers and will help increase the speed of the franchise in Philly.