- Sean Couturier — The 18-year-old from the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL continues his strong two way play in his rookie season. “Couts” as he is known by his teammates, was a plus-4 in the three games and now leads the team overall with a plus-9. Sean also scored 3 goals and had 1 assist as well as topped the Flyers in relative Corsi with a 17.5 rating. His strong defensive play as well as his ability to play on the penalty kill makes him very valuable player. The fact that he has shown a good offensive game with limited ice time (13:28 a game average) is nothing but a good sign for his future development.
- Claude Giroux — The hurricane from Hearst, Ontario continues to have a breakout season with another great week, potting 2 goals and getting 2 helpers in the three contests. His plus-4 for the week shows he was better in his own end in the last three games, which is good to see. When “G” is willing to play both ends of the ice, he is a difficult player to deal with. Claude continues to be second in the league in scoring with 19 points, still trailing Toronto’s Phil Kessel by 2 points.If Giroux continues to play like this, he could garner serious consideration for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
- Jaromir Jagr — The ageless wonder from the Czech Republic continues to play well and set-up his teammates. Jagr had 1 goal and 3 assists in the 3 games and was a plus-4 overall as well. He is second on the team with 15 points and ranks third with a plus-6.What can you say about Jagr that hasn’t already been said? He has been a huge boost to the power play and particularly to the play and confidence of Scott Hartnell. It doesn’t end there — Jagr is second on the team in relative Corsi with a 12.2 rating,which means he is also willing to play in his own zone and is buying in to Peter Laviolette’s system.
- Wayne Simmonds — Not to nit pick,but he was a minus-2 for the week and his relative Corsi is -6.7. He played better against Columbus with a goal and won a fight , so hopefully he is on the upswing.
- Matt Carle – His giveaway against New Jersey led directly to the tying goal in regulation. He needs to show more confidence late in games when Chris Pronger is not on the ice with him. Matt played much better against Columbus, so he is at least trending upwards as well.
- Danny Briere — Briere was a minus-3 against the Devils, but he is a point- per-game player so far this season and his value is in his ability to really turn on his game in the playoffs. His relative Corsi is third-worst on the team at -7.4. Danny just needs to be a little better in his own zone on a night-by-night basis to bring his Corsi up and help this team in close games.
That’s all I have for this week. Join me next week when we look back at Wednesday night’s tilt against Tampa as the Flyers begin a three-game road trip.