New York Islanders Metropolitan Division Offseason Power Ranking
Philadelphia Flyers | Rank: 3rd
2017-18 Record: 42-26-14 (3rd)
by: Frank Molinari
The Philadelphia Flyers come in at third. You could easily argue that they are in a “win now” mentality. With the signing of James Van Riemsdyk, that seems pretty logical.
Van Riemsdyk adds a lot to the Flyers line-up. Two years ago he had a career year in points with 62 and a career year in goals last year with 36. With Van Riemsdyk now on the rise, this already star-filled offense just got more threatening.
The Flyers and their fans can also get excited about their emerging young stars. Travis Konecny, 21, had 24 goals and 47 points in 81 games in his second season. Ivan Provorov a Russian-born defenseman has already shown just how good he can be as he tallied 41 points in just his second season.
You obviously can’t forget about Nolan Patrick, who notched 30 points in his rookie year. Along with Van Riemsdyk, the Flyers have made some other offseason moves. They re-signed defensive prospect Sam Morin to a three-year extension as he looks to be in the future plans.
They also signed Christian Folin to a one-year deal as he looks to be a utility seventh Defenseman. The Flyers lost Petr Mrazek in free agency and are left with Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliot who are 30 and 33, respectively. Goaltending is definitely the weakest part of this Flyers team.
From top to bottom, the Flyers have a good team that could easily get them into the second round of the playoffs. However, Ron Hextall has yet to solve the goaltending issue that stops them from becoming a true contender.