2013 Season Preview – Philadelphia Flyers


Last Season – The Flyers finished 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 47-26-9 record.  They won an epic battle in the first round against the Penguins, before falling to the New Jersey Devils in the second round.

Saying GoodbyeJaromir Jagr, James Van Riemsdyk, Pavel Kubina, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Carle

Saying HelloLuke Schenn, Danny Syvret, Bruno Gervais, Ruslan Fedotenko

Ready to Step InErik Gustafsson played 30 games last season, and could stick full time this year as a defensive defenseman.  He had 5 points, but more importantly was plus +12.

Look For A Bounce-back Season From – With a 109 point season, there isn’t many players who had an off year.  However for the Flyers, wishful thinking would see a dramatic return by Chris Pronger, but the concussion woes he is experiencing will likely end his career.

Hardware HopefulsClaude Giroux, Hart, Art Ross;

Claude Giroux is a legitimate MVP candidate. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Upside – The success the Flyers had last season came with 8 rookies playing 30 or more games, including mainstays Matt Read, Zac RinaldoSean Couturier and Brayden Schenn.  With another year of experience, they will be that much better as a group.

Downside – You get the feeling that Sergei Bryzgalov is one wrong turn away from a complete implosion.  He is good, and for the most part stable, but cracks in the armour have reared their ugly head at times.

2013 Prognosis – With the arms race between the Rangers, Penguins and Flyers brewing, winning the division will be vital.  While the winner will get a top 3 seed, the remaining 2 could end up in a 4-5 seed first round matchup.  The Flyers want to avoid that at all costs, since they didn’t have much left in the tank after the Penguins series.