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    The Hockey News
    2020 Vision: What the Philadelphia Flyers will look like in three years

    If defense wins championships, the Flyers will soon be beasts – assuming they can find goaltending by 2019-20.

    Welcome to 2020 Vision, our new feature taking a look at how the roster of each NHL team may look three seasons from now when the 2019-2020 season begins....

    If the Flyers can time everything right, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in 2019-20. But it’s a bit of a high-wire act. Excellent drafting and signing under GM Ron Hextall has stocked the bins full of prospects, many of whom we have already seen (Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny) or are about to see (Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers, for example). Now, can Philadelphia’s players all sync up at the same time? Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds will all be 30 or older by then, with a lot of miles on them. On the other hand, that’s not ancient, and kids like Konecny and Nolan Patrick will certainly help up front.

    The blueline will be a huge strength, even though Andrew MacDonald will still technically be on the payroll. Really, coach Dave Hakstol has a great competition on his hands, since we didn’t even have space for Robert Hagg or Mark Friedman.

    In net, the Flyers may run into trouble (big shocker there). Carter Hart is the future No. 1, but he’ll still be pretty young in 2020. Right now, the Flyers are going with Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth. Neither veteran will be around that long.

    GOT IT: Defensemen – and skilled ones, at that. Provorov is already looking like a surefire top pair guy, while Gostisbehere has shown high upside. Sanheim, Myers and Morin are all towers, with mobility in the first two and physicality as Morin’s calling card.

    NEED IT: The Flyers need a bridge until Hart is ready to be the top goaltender. And heck, it might not even be him – perhaps Felix Sandstrom or Matej Tomek seize the job instead (Hextall, the former goalie, has stocked up at the position). Anthony Stolarz should be a No. 2, but without knowing the free agency field right now, we slot him first, while Hart finds his NHL footing.

    CAP WATCH: MacDonald’s $5 million cap hit is already a hindrance, but if the Flyers can move it somehow, all the better. Most of the young guns will be on either entry-level deals or bridge contracts by 2020, so Giroux and Voracek both making north of $8 million long-term isn’t a big deal.

    BOTTOM LINE: If defense wins championships, the Flyers will soon be beasts – assuming they can find goaltending. Yes, the goaltending thing is a broken record, but until one of the kids steps up, it will be a question mark.


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    Last edited by Tim Kerr #12; 08-15-2017, 09:45 PM.
    Philadelphia Flyers #1
    Winnipeg Jets a very distant #2
    The rest of the 28 teams can KMA!

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    • #12
      “You’re not rebuilding when you’re competitive,” Hextall said in a firm tone. “A rebuild, to me, is when you go to the bottom and you pick high, high, high – and essentially, you’re not trying that hard to win. That’s not in our DNA. We want to win. We want to win as many games as possible. We’re not going to go to the bottom of the league and pick first overall for four or five years. That’s no way to build culture. Our vision was to stay competitive, and build, and get younger — and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

      “But we also feel we did what was right — trying to win, trying to make the playoffs. And you know what, we got a reward for it,” he said. “A part of me says that was just. If you try to finish at the bottom and trade everyone at the deadline, that bothers me. How do you think the players feel? How would you like to be a player going into an 82-game season knowing the team is rebuilding so basically has no expectations to win. Think about that. That’s not in our DNA.

      http://www.philly.co...k-20170901.html

      Exactly Ron.
      Love this guy...
      Philadelphia Flyers #1
      Winnipeg Jets a very distant #2
      The rest of the 28 teams can KMA!

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      • #13
        I think there Phillies are also ranked in top 5 farm talent, for what is worth.

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