Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 13th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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With the second instalment of the 2010/2011 hockey season previews, here is a look at the Stanley Cup runners up. The Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

Throughout the 2009/2010 regular season, the Flyers were somewhat underwhelming and only made the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Following that, the team caught fire and made it right up to game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. For this year, I would expect the Flyers to play up to their potential. The early half of last year was marred by locker room dissention, coaching issues and injuries. With these issues resolved for this year, I would anticipate the Flyers to be among the top teams in the East.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Mike Richards- In the past he has been a somewhat underrated point producer. With and average of about a point a game. Coming off of shoulder surgery, he struggled a bit last year, however, as a healthy player to start the year I would expect him to be at a point a game pace again. ** Caution** He is an aggressive player and has a higher injury risk than some other players in this category.

Jeff Carter- Like Richards, despite being in the starting line-up on opening night, Carter was still recovering from off season shoulder surgery at the start of last year and the results of this were very evident in his overall stats. He did have a ppg of 0.82, however I would expect him to return to his point a game pace of 2 seasons ago now that he is completely healthy.

Defensemen

Chris Pronger- Despite approaching the age of 35, Pronger is still an elite defenseman. I would anticipate a repeat of last year's 55 points. One note of caution is that there is a rumour that he may miss the first few games of the regular season as he recovers from off season minor knee surgery.

Second Tier

Forwards

Daniel Briere- It is difficult to consider Briere a second tier player. When healthy he is a point producing machine, however, good health has been elusive for Briere. If you are willing to take a gamble on him he has the potential to be a point a game player or better IF he stays healthy as his 1.30 ppg average during last season's playoffs demonstrated

Defensemen

Matt Carle - a somewhat forgotten player over the past few years, Carle resurrected his career as an offensive defenseman last year. By all accounts, Carle has become a more complete player and being partnered with Pronger for a second full season can only help his stats. I would expect Carle to crack the 40 point plateau this year.

Don't Over Rate

Forwards

Scott Hartnell- Some poolies expect Hartnell to reach the 60 point plateau that he achieved 2 years ago. I believe that that was a career year. I would expect him to produce around his career average of between 40 to 45 points

Ville Leino - Leino has a great playoff following a horrendous regular season. While I would expect Leino to improve on last year's performance, many may have unreasonable expectations of him. Add in the fact that he is recovering from hip surgery and I would consider a 40 point season to be a very successful one for him.

Defensemen

Braydon Coburn- Coburn is often overshadowed by the other Flyers' defensemen. He is quickly becoming an excellent shut down defender. Unfortunately this does not lead to him getting very many point producing opportunities. Unless Pronger is out for an extended period of time, I would not expect Coburn to break the 30 point plateau for this year.

Goaltenders

Michael Leighton- Yes, he had a great finish to the regular season and a fabulous playoff run. So did Steve Penney for the Montreal Canadiens in the mid '80's. Until Leighton, has a complete season as a starter under his belt, I wouldn't consider him as an elite goaltender yet. There is a chance that he could lose his starting position to Brian Boucher if he falters

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Forwards

Claude Giroux- After a very strong Stanley Cup final, Giroux may not last until the later rounds. He is a very talented offensive player who is just beginning to really hit his stride. He only had 47 points last year, however, with a bit more opportunity being afforded to him this year, I believe that 60-65 points would be a reasonable expectation.

James Van Riemsdyk- Van Riemsdyk was the player taken right after Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft. With the departure of Simone Gagne, I would anticipate that Van Riemsdyk will be given a lot more offensive opportunities this year. I believe that this could be a potential break out year for him where he could double the 35 points he scored last year.

Nicholai Zherdev- Zherdev appeared to be coming into his own as a point producing forward prior to him bolting to the KHL. Since he is on a one year contract I would expect him to be very motivated this year. Couple that with the quality centers that he will be surrounded with and I believe that this may be a career year for Zherdev. Some of your fellow poolies may not remember how good this guy can be. He oozes talent.

Defensemen

Kimmo Timonen - At the age of 35 Timonen is begining to slow down, but he is still a good passer and shooter of the puck. Another 40 point season would be a reasonable expectation.

Sleepers

Andrej Meszaros- Demonstrated that he had 40 point potential as a defenseman in Ottawa. If Timonen, Carle or Pronger is hurt, he could step into the role of prominent offensive defenseman. He makes a good first pass and can rush the puck.

Brian Boucher- If Leighton falters, Boucher would inherit the starting goalie position.

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author avatar Greg D
5th Sep 2010 (#)

I agree with 95% of this article, as all of my projections (which you can see my post here: http://rls60knowledge.economicplaypin.com/2010/09/04/philadelphia-flyers-goal-projections-for-20102011/comment-page-1/#comment-92) are similar., yet I think you underestimate Ville Leino and Michael Leighton. I see Leino having his best year, if given a full season, and Leighton really stepping up given the starting job. But, it all remains to be seen.

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