It was another disappointing season in Philadelphia. As usual the biggest question mark for them was in nets where they had eight different goalies play for them. Finally, Carter Hart was given a shot and looks like he might be their long-awaited number 1 goalie. The hope is that he’ll be able to improve on their 6th place in the Metropolitan Division and 22nd overall finish.
Additions: Kevin Hayes, Justin Braun, Tyler Pitlick, Matt Niskanen, Alain Vigneault
Subtractions: Ryan Hartman, Cam Talbot, Justin Bailey, Michal Neuvirth, Radko Gudas
It can be argued that the Flyers overpaid for free agent Kevin Hayes, but regardless of that he gives them a lot better centre depth and gives Nolan Patrick more time to develop into the player they hoped he would be when he was drafted 2nd overall.
The Flyers added Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun to their d-core this season and lost Radko Gudas. This won’t really push their defense to the top but re-signing Ivan Provorov was by far the most important move they needed to make and if both him and Shayne Gostisbehere can take a step or two forward they’ll have a solid d-core.
Carter Hart looks like the real deal but if he ever falters they’ll have a healthy Brian Elliott to give him a nice security blanket. This could finally be the year where goaltending doesn’t ruin the Flyers season.
The Point Prediction:
With most of the teams in the Metropolitan Division getting stronger we still have the Flyers missing the playoffs finishing 5th in the Division and 15th overall. There’s a solid mix of older guys and younger guys but this just isn’t their year yet.
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