HOCKEY GM ADVICE
Team Power Rankings: Philadelphia Flyers #12
The Flyers wowed everyone last season, making the playoffs and changing their star player Claude Giroux out of his natural position, center. But how did Giroux respond? Only with setting a career high of 102 points, just when they thought he would never be a point per game player again. Giroux, Couturier and Konecny formed a very good line with lots of chemistry.
Now the second line will be featuring newly signed James Van Riemsdyk, former second overall pick, Nolan Patrick and elite playmaker Jakub Voracek. That’s a pretty elite top two lines, especially when you consider how Nolan Patrick played in the final half of the season, once he accustomed to the NHL. This puts Wayne Simmonds a constant 20-goal scorer down to the third line with Weal and Lindblom, which will make the Flyers a very difficult team to match up against. Leaving Laughton and Raffl to the fourth line. I would be very timid about playing the flyers this season.
Now moving onto their defence core, wow. That’s all that can be said. So much youth talent. 24-year-old Shayne Gostisbehere had a 65-point season last year and I would not expect to slow down anytime soon. Add in Ivan Provorov getting 17 goals 41 points that’s a great top 2 young defencemen. Now with Robert Hagg and Travis Sanheim expecting to play big roles this season, and add in the gritty veteran Gudas and experienced Andrew Macdonald, what was once a weakness of the team is now a strength!
What is lacking in the Flyers system is goaltending. The team has Carter Hart in the system but there is no use of rushing along the netminder who is the future of their franchise, so this season they will be going with veteran Brian Elliot and Michael Neuvirth. Both have not been average at best for the Flyers, that’s if they manage to remain healthy, and unfortunately again will cause them to fall in the playoffs.
Goals: Giroux 31
Assists: Voracek 64
Points: Giroux 85