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New York Islanders Low In Eastern Conference Power Ranking

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period during a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period during a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 27: Ron Hextall, General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers (C), looks on prior the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 27: Ron Hextall, General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers (C), looks on prior the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Philadelphia Flyers

Last season, the Philadelphia Flyers were the first team in NHL history to have a ten game winning streak and miss the playoffs. FInishing seven points out of the playoffs was a crushing disappointment.

A year later, with the second overall pick now on their roster after jumping 13 spots in the NHL draft, the Flyers bounced back.

With Claude Giroux being his usual self with 75 points in 64 games and Jakub Voracek playing his role as playmaker general, the Flyers are second in the Metropolitan Division.

After years of being disappointments and almost perfectly mediocre, the Flyers have started too put it all together. They have young and talented depth defensively with both Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov. They have elite level scoring with Giroux and Voracek.

They even have a top line center for the future (hopefully) in Nolan Patrick. Now they just need a starting goalie.

GM Ron Hextall tried to address that this trade deadline by acquiring Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings for two conditional picks. That’s a career 0.912 SV% goalie with serious .920SV% potential. If he can avoid the Philly curse on goalies, the Flyers might just be a force for years to come.

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