Last season, the Flyers made the playoffs with one of the youngest rosters in the NHL. In what was an eventful, inter-state rivalry playoff series between the Flyers and Penguins, the Pens would go on to defeat the orange and black in six games.
While the young stars on the Flyers certainly showed promise and contributed heavily towards the offensive success of the team, it was strong defense and goaltending that alluded the Flyers when it mattered most. Are they poised to once again fight for a playoff spot? Learn a little bit more about the 2018/2019 Philadelphia Flyers with a season preview from the top customized awards provider serving NJ and PA.
High-Hopes for the Orange and Black
Claude Giroux, who tallied an impressive 102 points in the 2017-18 season, will return for another season as the team captain. His remarkable numbers last year saw Giroux become a legitimate contender for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP. Similarly, Sean Couturier had his best season yet, playing in all 82 regular season games, finding the back of the net 31 times while assisting on 45 goals for total 76 points.
Coach Dave Hakstol will be looking for similar performances out of Giroux and Couturier, along with productive seasons from veterans like Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds. Fans will also be keeping close tabs on third-year pro Ivan Provorov’s progression, as well as the growth of Nolan Patrick and Travis Sanheim, to see if they can avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. A familiar name rejoins the orange and black this year. Power forward and former Flyer James van Riemsdyk was acquired in the offseason and should find great chemistry with Nolan Patrick.
While it’s still early to know for certain what the lines will look like this season, a little speculation never hurt anybody. Here’s what we think the line formations will look like.
Line 1: Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Line 2: James van Riemsdyk — Nolan Patrick — Jakub Voracek
Line 3: Oskar Lindblom — Mikhail Vorobyev — Wayne Simmonds
Line 4: Michael Raffl — Scott Laughton — Jordan Weal
Pair 1: Ivan Provorov — Shayne Gostisbehere
Pair 2: Travis Sanheim — Andrew MacDonald
Pair 3: Radko Gudas — Robert Hagg
Here at Spike’s Trophies, the leading custom awards company serving New Jersey, PA and Delaware, we always back the hometown teams. And we have a strong feeling that the Flyers will once again contend for a playoff spot, coming out of the highly-competitive Metropolitan Division. If Philadelphia can get consistent play from their two net-minders, and continued emergence from their young stars, expect the orange and black to be back in the playoffs in 2019.