The Philadelphia Flyers went into a four-day break with a 7-6-2 record on the season and were playing well despite some tough losses. Just 15 games into the season, it’s time to sit back and reflect on what went well, what can be improved upon, and things that came out of nowhere.
For Dave Hakstol’s club, the biggest surprise at the moment has been Sean Couturier’s offensive emergence. Anyone that has actually watched him play and looked at the stats knows that Couturier was a positive player for the Flyers, driving play and continuing to be an impact on the defensive end. Being put in between Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek has been nothing short of brilliant for Hakstol and the Flyers. They’re the second-hottest trio in the NHL and don’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon.
The fourth line has gotten a big boost with Taylor Leier, Scott Laughton, and Michael Raffl holding down the fort and playing great, gritty two-way hockey. Wayne Simmonds helped win four of the team’s seven games this season. Valtteri Filppula and Travis Konecny have played well in their short time together. Jordan Weal helped Dale Weise get on the score sheet this past weekend.
Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg are learning on the job about being quality NHL defensemen, and have a player like Ivan Provorov to watch and admire as he continues to be a force on the back end. Shayne Gostisbehere has gotten off to an incredible offensive start and is playing solid in his own end. The young, core defensemen are all stepping up in the face of injury to their two oldest partners in Radko Gudas and Andrew MacDonald.
Let’s continue with a reflection on the team moving forward with the latest episode of SOP Radio.
The SOP Radio crew of Ryan Gilbert, Tom Foti and David Cattai sit down to reflect on the Flyers’ start to the season, including one of the best lines in the NHL, inconsistent goaltending, young players stepping up early, and much more.
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