Saving the Philadelphia Flyers for 2019/20 season!

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HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Flyers fans, their was so much hope going into this season. Signing JVR in the offseason, the hopes of young players like Konecny and Patrick taking that next step, the hopes of Giroux repeating his 100 point season, but unfortunately, all we have is another disappointing season. The Flyers are currently sitting second last in the Eastern conference and according to http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html have a 0% chance of making the playoffs this season. So, even though its only half way through the season, it is time to hang it up, develop your young players and focus on next year!

They have already fired their General Manager & Head Coach and that does not seem to have helped much, as they are currently 1-7-2 in their last 10. So what is the problem with this team? Well, we know that goaltending is an issue having just tied a record for most goalies used.

And the worst thing about these stats is, the only goalie with a winning record is Calvin Pickard, who has a 4.01 GAA and .863 SV%. Ouch.

But lets pretend that the goaltending issue will be fixed for next season, assuming Hart will become a reliable starter next year.

Where the team is majorly lacking this season is the secondary scoring.

Looking at these stats this season, past their top 3 players there just is not enough secondary scoring to make this team compete! Do you remember the Gostisbehere that has 65 points last year? Neither do I. How about young star Ivan Provorov who had 17 goals last season, and who will be lucky to get 17 points this season. What happened to them? This team is lacking that drive from the back end this season that makes teams like Washington, Pittsburgh, San Jose the elite teams in the league.

Also when it comes to winning games, you need your special teams to produce. And what has the Flyers special teams done this season? Well, their PP is currently ranked 29th with a 13.3% and their PK is ranked 28th at 75.2%, that is absolutely no where near good enough. And when you consider the lethal weapons this team does actually have, a 13.3% powerplay is mind boggling to see.

So what do I recommend for next season? Well, the team has 10 UFA’s this offseason and I recommend not resigning a single one of them.

Trading away players like Lehtera, Raffl, Weal & Elliot for whatever you can receive for them, and selling high on Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds will be able to bring back a first round pick and a high prospect. And a team that should highly consider going after Simmonds are the Maple Leafs, who could use the grit on their team for a most likely first round matchup against the Boston Bruins. Sending back in return a pick and Jeremy Bracco.

So going into the offseason their will be a few holes on the roster, which will currently look like this:

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny

Lindblom - Patrick - Voracek

JVR - OPEN - OPEN

Weise - Laughton - OPEN

Provorov - Gudas

Gostisbehere - Sanheim

Hagg - Morin/Macdonald

Hart

OPEN

Lets start off filling the opening spot for goaltending. With the hope that Hart is capable of playing as a starter next season, they will still need a goalie capable of playing 30-35 games. The perfect fit here would be Ryan Miller. Miller for a long time as a member of the Buffalo Sabres was considered one of the best goalies in the NHL and is still putting up great numbers now. So he would be the perfect mentor for the young star in Hart.

Next we need to fill those spots on the 3rd and 4th lines. And heres who i believe would fill those spots perfectly. That third line center position i think is filled by their prospect who just had a great World Juniors Tournament, Morgan Frost. Filling in on his right wing will be Free Agent Tomas Vanek, who has proved time and time again he can be a producer on any team he is on. That leaves the 4th line RW position, which will be filled by Troy Brouwer. Brouwer will bring some additional grit to the fourth line, Stanley Cup experience and a scorer capable of 10+. Leaving the lineup looking like:

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny

Lindblom - Patrick - Voracek

JVR - Frost - Vanek

Weise - Laughton - Brouwer

Provorov - Gudas

Gostisbehere - Sanheim

Hagg - Morin/Macdonald

Hart

Miller

So, while not many adjustments have been made to the roster, their has been more scoring capability added, and while this will help 5-on-5, if the teams special teams begins to produce, the Flyers will be a playoff team next year!