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Philadelphia Flyers: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 33-31-18 (84 Points) 12th in the Eastern Conference

***Did Not Make the NHL Playoffs***


Philadelphia Flyers: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

D Nicklas Grossmann (New Team: Arizona Coyotes)

D Chris Pronger (Contract Sent to Arizona Coyotes)

F Zac Rinaldo (New Team: Boston Bruins)

F Jason Akeson (New Team: Buffalo Sabres)

F Carlo Colaiacovo (New Team: Buffalo Sabres)

G Ray Emery (Professional Tryout with Tampa Bay Lightning)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Sam Gagner (Former Team: Arizona Coyotes)

G Michal Neuvirth (Former Team: New York Islanders)

F Chris Connor (Former Team: Washington Capitals)

D Davis Drewiskie (Former Team: Montreal Canadiens)

G Jason LaBarbera (Former Team: Anaheim Ducks)

F Colin McDonald (Former Team: New York Islanders)

F Chris Porter (Former Team: St. Louis Blues)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.53 (NHL Ranking: 21st)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.66 (NHL Ranking: 21st)

SV% (Save Percentage): .910 (NHL Ranking: 20th)

Looking at the Philadelphia Flyers, it has become a factual assertion that they appear greater than they really are. Players such as Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, and Wayne Simmons lead this club. These four players each had 50 points or more last season. The issue offensively, is that there is a major decline thereafter. The Flyers cumulatively ranked 21st last season in goals for average. Other guys will have to step up and perform better to get that average up in order to compete.

Defensively, the issues are the very same. Ranking 21st in goals against average isn’t helpful; especially when the deficiency is left uncovered by the lack of cumulative scoring production. The Flyers need to play better positional play. In today’s league however, defensemen are for the most part trained to be offensive minded; pushed to get deep into the offensive zone to help support the rush. Some teams try to perform this, regardless of whether certain players are strong in these specific areas. The Flyers are a prime example of this, as they have glaring weaknesses getting back quick enough when opposing team’s transition.

SteveMasonMoving on to goal-tending, if the Flyers want to display the competitiveness fans have been waiting for, they’re going to have to let Steve Mason take the reins fully (as was the Flyers original intention when he was signed). It appears they have definitely done this. While Emery went 10-11-7 with an .894 save percentage, Mason went 18-18-11 with a .928 save percentage. Rob Zepp, the third goaltender for the Flyers, went 5-2-0 with an .888 save percentage. With Emery moving out at age 33, trying to find another contract with the Lightning, Mason will have to pick his game up. He can’t allow what happened last season, as he ended up sporting an .846 save percentage during one stint last year when he ultimately had to play amidst the Flyers being shorthanded in net.

The Flyers continue to display dysfunction publicly; specifically in net. If this upcoming season goes the way it has the last few seasons for the Flyers, you can expect the same results. Until the Flyers can prove they’re confident in net, while showing more consistency on both sides of the puck, they will be playing golf again next April. Until they can put these deficiencies to rest, don’t expect a different result.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 6th in the Metropolitan Division

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