2013 Flyers first round pick, Samuel Morin

Draft day creates more questions than it answers for the Flyers

Coming into yesterday’s draft, it was clear that the Flyers needed to stock up on prospects as a whole and specifically defensemen. In that regard, the team accomplished their mission. However, the moves that they made — as well as ones that they did not — result in some unanswered questions. Shortly before the Flyers were on the clock to make their first round pick, it was announced that the Devils acquired Vancouver’s supposed starter of the future, Cory Schneider, for the 9th overall pick. If the Flyers have been linked to Jonathan Bernier, Jaroslav Halak, and just about every …

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Win-Now Mentality Isn’t Winning The Flyers Anything

It’s been 37 years since the Flyers have won the Stanley Cup. 37 long years, full of goalie controversies, missed opportunities, and failed expectations. Of coming so, so close, and falling so, so far. Now, it hasn’t all been bad. There have been many highs to combat the many lows the Flyers have faced. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s been 37 years of failing to reach the ultimate goal – winning the Cup. Of course, the Flyers are not the only team who have not won a cup in a long, long time. Hell, there are six …

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Flyers need to address faceoff-dot issues

Forgetting the back line for a moment, one of the Flyers’ most glaring weaknesses is in those eight little circles found throughout the ice surface…the faceoff dots. While Claude Giroux continued to improve in that department, to the tune of 54.5 percent this past season — good for 19th in the league — he was pretty much the only option the club had when they needed to win a draw. Subsequently, nobody in the entire league took more faceoffs than Giroux. Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn took the second and third most draws on the team, but only won them …

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Does the Raffl signing have any implications for Read, Schenn, or Couturier?

It seems a bit silly to think that the signing of a 24 year old who was “only” playing in the second-best league in Sweden might affect what the Flyers choose to do with some of their other young players; namely Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier. However, I can’t help but wonder if this means the Flyers would consider trading one of their young forwards. I know I’m not alone, as Charlie O’Connor of The Hockey Guys recently expressed a similar thought. First and foremost, I’d like to state that this is purely my opinion and there is …

My non-sports fan, philosophy major friend on plus-minus and statistics in sports

Recently I witnessed a discussion in which two people were arguing whether or not Luke Schenn had a good season. Broad Street Hockey had a great article breaking down his season recently. The individual who was stating that he had a poor season was arguing that his high number of hits mean next to nothing (perhaps true), and that his plus-minus was poor; therefore he is not a good defenseman. That is funny in itself because Schenn was a plus-three, good for third on the team in plus-minus among players playing 10 or more games, and second among defenseman. The …