By Lewis Gould
Flyers camp will open in Voorhees on July 10 for the re-start of the NHL season which was interrupted three months ago because of the pandemic.
Will they keep the momentum they developed as a surprising contender for the Stanley Cup.
Or will they fall flat?
The Flyers boast several core players in the younger range. Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov are both 23, while Carter Hart (above) is 21. The Flyers also are “playing with house money” as a team that could climb to the top spot if they end up hot during the Round Robin for Seeding.
But the Flyers have plenty of reason to be careful, too.
The drop-off between Hart and Brian Elliott (or another goalie) looks pretty severe. You don’t necessarily want to increase injury risks with Hart, then.
Also, there are veterans to manage.
Philly should aim to keep Claude Giroux (32) and Jakub Voracek (30) fresh, not to mention someone like Matt Niskanen (33). While Sean Couturier is only 27, he’s the sort of player you’ll lean on a ton in playoff situations. So you might want to tread lightly there.
Rather than overtaxing go-to guys, this could be an opportunity for others. Could Nolan Patrick crack the lineup if his migraine issues are behind him? Perhaps a prospect from Philly’s impressive farm system will make a jump?
The Flyers have a lot to like about this situation. Even so, they also need to avoid getting too greedy.