For the Flyers Emery, Carle, Briere, Giroux, JVR, and Pyorala all have shots at surprising people this year. Of course they won't all have breakout years, but I'll be surprised if all of them don't.
So far all have been very impressive at camp. JVR has been tearing it up in camp and at the Caps rookie game. Pyorala has great chemistry with Hartnell and Carter. Carle seems to work very well with Pronger (although I suspect that's more Pronger then Carle). A line of JVR-Giroux-Briere seems very plausible at this point as they have impressed at camp so far. Emery has brought his A game to camp and is coming off a great year in the KHL.
Ugh what? That makes no sense, a breakout year is playing far above previously attained. A rebound year is basicly just a good year, it's nothing alike.
You just wanted to post that some flyers will have a good year, and you thought well I might just ninja this thread.
That's not how I view a rebound year at least. In rebound and breakout years players perform to the best of their abilities usually. I came in here because I did want to mention all those guys. I did, at least, admit that only one or two of those guys would surprise this year.
Briere is coming off an injured year and he's been criticized about his contract for a while so if he comes in and manages to play at a PPG in a healthy season then that's most definitely a rebound year for him. Emery is coming off a year in the KHL and the public opinion isn't very high of him as well so most people don't expect him to do well (despite good numbers last year and proven ability).
I'm just excited for hockey at this point.
I guess it would be fairer to say that Briere will probably "earn his contract" this year and that Emery has a shot at surprising and earning a spot in the NHL.
You will have to excuse Penguin fans. Any 3rd liner who puts up a decent amount of points automatically qualifies him as someone who will definitely be a top 6 forward. To get to that point you just use the formula below:
3rd Liner With Decent Point Total + More Ice Time + Playing With Crosby or Malkin = All Star
Kennedy is just one and the current of the many players who have been inserted into this formula.
For some it's hard to realize the difference between a good 3rd liner to someone with actually top 6 talent.
Considering how awesome JvR is doing and also the linemates he will have, he's going to break out like crazy.
If they can fit him under the cap? Does anyone know what his cap number would be? Staal was drafted in the same spot the year before and his rookie contract cap hit was somewhere around 2.3-2.6 mil. The Flyer's only have 2.157 mil left and that's w/o a 7th Dman and only 11 forwards. I kind of thought JVR had no chance cause of the cap.