10 Predictions for the Upcoming Season
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07-25-2013, 05:33 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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1- The Flyers 5 on 5 game returns to form. They no longer rely only on the powerplay for goals.
2- The additions of Streit and Lecavalier lessen the leadership burdon on Claude Giroux, letting him return focus to just playing hockey.
3- Coburn and Timonen are reuinted as a defensive unit. Coburn returns to form because his security blanket has been returned to him.
4- Steve Mason's career is rejuvenated as a Flyer. He starts the season splitting time with Emery, but by Olympic break it is primarily his job. He takes the ball and runs with it.
5- The Flyers rely heavily on the blossoming duo of Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson. They pair to become a very solid all-around tandem.
6- Sean Couturier proves last year was indeed just a sophomore slump. He is the best 3rd line center in the NHL. His face-off percentage improves, all the while continuing his ascent as one of the top shut-down forwards in the league. His offense also trends upward, showing flashes of being a very good playmaker.
7- The second line of Brayden Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, and Wayne Simmonds have stretches of brilliance where they carry the team offensively. They also have a few stretches where they struggle to contribute. Overall though, they become a top-tier second line in the league.
8- Zac Rinaldo builds off his strong season and continues drawing penalties and being a huge pest on the ice. He becomes one of the most popular players on the team. Flyers fans embrace him and recognize his unique skill-set.
9- Peter Laviolette rebounds after a dismal year of getting out-coached. He adds a few new wrinkles to both the offense and defense that cause frustration to opposing teams. This, along with the natural maturation of his young team, leads to a successful season.
10- One of the following Phantoms take a huge step forward in development and becomes a staple in the lineup by mid-season: Lauridsen, Noebels, McGinn, or Raffl.
I would say he's turned a lot of people into fans of him after last year. Most of these people were his biggest critics prior to that (myself included). Now there's still some people on here that hate him but I think that's mostly because they hate anything that resembles a physical type of game in hockey.
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