Former Flyers Watch, Week 2: After slow starts, Lupul, Sharp, Carter, and Richards flourish

After a quiet Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, Patrick Sharp flourished in his next three games. Read on to see how his fellow former Flyers fared in Week 2 of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders – Series tied 2-2

No former Flyers are participating in this series.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators – Senators lead series 3-1
No former Flyers are participating in this series.

Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Series tied 2-2

Arron Asham:

Week 2: Aside from a goal scored in Game 2, Asham had a very quiet second week of the postseason. In three games, he played a total of 18:51 minutes and registered just one shot – the one that resulted in his goal.

Week 1: Ever the pain in the butt, Asham recorded 281 PIM in 150 games with the Flyers before signing with the Penguins as an unrestricted free agent in August of 2010. After two seasons in Pittsburgh, he signed a 2-year contract with the Rangers. In Game 1, he played less than five minutes and took a 2-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on Jack Hillen.

Darroll Powe:

Week 2: Powe has yet to register a point in four games against the Capitals. He took two shots in Game 2, and saw less than ten minutes of ice time in that game as well as in Game 3. In Game 4, he played just over two and a half minutes.

Week 1: Powe was a fixture on the Flyers power play and a fan favorite during his time in Philadelphia. After six seasons in the organization, he was traded to Minnesota, where he spent two seasons before being traded to New York this past February. Powe had a quiet Game 1 with just one hit recorded in 8:40 of ice time.

Steve Eminger:

Week 2: Much like his former Flyer counterparts, Eminger didn’t make much of a mark on the score sheet in week 2. He’s failed to take any shots in four playoff games, though he did record 11 hits in Games 2-4.

Week 1: Eminger was traded to the Flyers in the 2008 entry draft, and signed a one-year deal with the team on June 29. He was gone by November 7 of that same year, traded to Tampa Bay along with Steve Downie in exchange for Matt Carle and a draft pick. After bouncing around from team to team, Eminger landed with the Rangers in July 2010. He recorded 7 hits in an otherwise quiet Game 1 for the defenseman.

Marty Biron:

Week 2: Marty has yet to appear between the pipes for the Rangers in the first round, continuing to serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.

Week 1: In February of 2007, Biron was traded to the Flyers from Buffalo and became the team’s starting goaltender. He recorded 30 wins in 62 appearances that first season in Philadelphia, and was a big reason why the team made the Eastern Conference Finals that year. After spending a season with the Islanders, Biron was picked up by the Rangers on July 1, 2010, and has been Henrik Lundqvist’s backup ever since. He has not appeared in a game since March 30 of this year, and served as backup to Lundqvist in Game 1.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Bruins lead series 3-1

Jaromir Jagr:

Week 2: The Czech is currently riding a 2-game point streak after recording a single point in both Games 3 and 4. He had an assist on Rich Peverley’s goal in Game 3 and another on Patrice Bergeron’s power-play goal in Game 4.

Week 1: Jagr spent one season with the Flyers after signing as unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011. Jagr has yet to register a point for the Bruins but has been a fixture on their power play, leading the team in power play time.

Dennis Seidenberg:

Week 2: Another week in the postseason, another quiet one for Seidenberg. The defenseman was on the ice for two of his team’s goals (one in Game 3 and one in Game 3) after being -3 in Game 2 against the Leafs.

Week 1: Drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2001 draft, Seidenberg spent parts of three seasons with the Flyers. Like Jagr, he had a quiet Game 1, finishing the night with one shot on goal and +1.

James van Riemsdyk:

Week 2: van Riemsdyk has been quite the player for the Maple Leafs this postseason, and quite the thorn in the Bruins’ side. He scored a goal in Game 2 and had an assist in Game 3, though he did not do much in Game 4.

Week 1: After spending four seasons in the Flyers organization, JVR was traded to Toronto this past July in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn. He was responsible for the Leafs’ lone goal against the Bruins in Game 1.

Joffrey Lupul:

Week 2: The left-winger has been one of, if not the, best players for the Leafs in this series. He’s tied for the team lead in postseason points at 4, with three goals and one assist coming in his last three games.

Week 1: In two seasons with the Flyers, Lupul tallied 96 points in 135 games. He, along with Luca Sbisa and two first-round draft picks, was traded to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger deal. He has yet to register a point in the postseason for the Leafs, and finished -2 on the night of Game 1.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild – Blackhawks lead series 3-1

Patrick Sharp:

Week 2: After a quiet Game 1, Sharp came alive in the following three games, racking up a total of five points. In Games 2 & 4, he scored two goals apiece and was also responsible for the game-winning goals in both games.

Week 1: After a college hockey career with the Vermont Catamounts, Sharp was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2001 entry draft. He never quite met expectations in Philadelphia, but his game got much stronger upon being traded to Chicago, and he is one of the Blackhawks’ best forwards. Sharp registered five shots on goal during Game 1, but could not capitalize on any of his chances.

Ray Emery:

Week 2: Emery has yet to appear in net for the Blackhawks this postseason, as he is still dealing with a lower-body injury.

Week 1: Emery appeared in 29 games with the Flyers during the 2009-2010 season. After battling back from a debilitating disease, Emery played for the Ducks and then the Blackhawks, and posted a phenomenal 17-1-0 record this past season. Unfortunately, due to a lower-body injury, Emery did not appear in Game 1 of the series against Minnesota, and has been ruled out for Game 2 on Friday night as well.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Ducks lead series 3-2

Luca Sbisa:

Week 2: After being scratched for the first two games against Detroit, Sbisa has appeared in Games 3-5. He did not do much in those three games, though he did lay a total of 11 hits — including seven in Game 4. He also took an interference penalty in Game 3, but has not spent time in the box since.

Week 1: Widely regarded as one of the Flyers’ top defensive prospects, Sbisa spent the 2008-2009 season with the team. He was traded to Anaheim along with Joffrey Lupul for Chris Pronger, and has been with the Ducks organization for the past four seasons. Sbisa missed Game 1 with a lower-body injury, and though he was available for Game 2, head coach Bruce Boudreau decided to keep the same defensive pairings he went with in Game 1.

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks – Sharks win series 4-0, eliminate Canucks

Andrew Alberts:

Week 2: It was an uneventful second week for Alberts, much like his first. In the last three games against Vancouver, he only registered two shots on goal and recorded no points. He laid a total of 10 hits throughout the series, and served a 2-minute roughing minor during Game 2.

Week 1: Alberts was a big part of the Flyers’ defensive corps during the 2008-2009 season, and he recorded career-high numbers in goals and points. He was acquired by the Canucks in March of 2010, and registered 94 PIM in 100 games played with them. In Game 1 against the Sharks, he saw 12:15 minutes of ice time and landed 3 hits, but failed to register any shots on goal.

Dan Hamhuis (technically):

Week 2: Hamhuis’ Game 2 was even quieter than his Game 1, but he finally began to pick up steam in Games 3 and 4, recording a point in each game. Unfortunately for Hamhuis, his point streak had to end in just two games thanks to his team being eliminated.

Week 1: In a deal that some Flyers writers still joke about (see: us), Hamhuis’ negotiating rights were traded to Philadelphia, along with a conditional draft pick, for Ryan Parent. Hamhuis was unable to agree to a contract with the Flyers, and his rights were traded to Pittsburgh before he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Canucks three summers ago. He got called for a hooking minor in the third period of Game 1, and that was about all he did in just about 21 minutes on the ice.

St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings – Kings lead series 3-2

Mike Richards:

Week 2: Though Richards has yet to score a goal in the Kings’ first five games against St. Louis, he leads his team in points thanks to 5 assists this postseason. He has had two multi-point games in a row – Game 4 on Monday night and Game 5 on Wednesday.

Week 1: The Flyers drafted Mike Richards in the first round of the 2003 entry draft, and he soon became one of the faces of the franchise. After a few seasons with the team, Richards was named captain prior to the 2008-2009 season and went on to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. In a move that shocked the city, he was traded to Los Angeles on June 23, 2011, and quickly became a fixture in the Kings’ organization. Richards has 1 point so far this postseason in just under 40 minutes of ice time between two games.

Jeff Carter:

Week 2: It took a few games for Carter to make a difference on the score sheet, but he has three points in his last two games, including two goals in Wednesday night’s Game 5 against the Blues. He was a force for the Kings in last year’s playoffs, so perhaps this two-game point streak is the start of something good.

Week 1: Drafted by Philadelphia 11th overall in the 2003 entry draft, Jeff Carter was Mike Richards’ right-hand man and a fellow face of the franchise. In six seasons with the Flyers, he registered 343 points in 461 games. He was traded to Columbus on the same day as the Richards trade, but was reunited with Richards on February 23, 2012 when he was traded to the Kings. He scored the game-winning goal to cement the team’s Stanley Cup win last season. Carter has not yet registered a point in the series against St. Louis.

Justin Williams:

Week 2: While Williams had a quiet start to the second week of the playoffs, taking just one shot in Game 3, he bounced back in Games 4 and 5. He scored the Kings’ game-winning goal in Game 4 and had an assist on Slava Voynov’s overtime goal in Game 5.

Week 1: Williams spent four seasons with the Flyers, though he never met the expectations set for him, due in some part to various injuries. After playing for the Carolina Hurricanes for about four seasons, he was traded in 2008. In the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored 15 goals on the Kings’ run to a Cup victory. He scored the lone Kings’ goal in Game 1 of the playoffs, but did not register a point in Game 2.

Colin Fraser:

Week 2: Unlike his former Flyer counterparts, Fraser had a very uneventful second week. He served two 2-minute minors in Games 3 and 4 and registered just one shot in Game 3 that he was unable to capitalize on.

Week 1: Though Fraser was drafted by the Flyers in 2003, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in February of 2004, while still in the Western Hockey League. He spent five seasons in the Blackhawks organization and one in Edmonton before being traded to the Kings on June 26, 2011. Fraser did not appear in Game 1 against St. Louis, and saw about ten and a half minutes of ice time in Game 2 without registering a point or a shot on goal.