Ok we all knwo the drill , I spin my charming lil roulette , it lands upon a team and I give my run down upon it. Well onto the spin.
and we have the Philedalphia Flyers.
With out question the flyers pulled off one of the biggest turn arounds in sports history last year. Going from a pathetic 56 point 22 win ending in the 06-07 to a incredible 95 point 42 win season in the 07-08. Once it was seen that they were on the decline their franchise immdiately remedied the situation with aggressive trading to ice a much improved team . Though far quieter this offseason we will see if the Flyers look even bettter this year.
Forwards(Projected Line Ups)
*Clap Clap Clap* The lone sound heard in the middle of the night from a darkened room , while a woman on the floor below yells at me to stop making so much noise. But I clap anyway , because I find this array of forwards to be incredibly impressive . A perfect blend of Vets and Youth , Grit and scoring ability . No doubt about it , goalscoring is not going to be a problem with this team . Being able to roll three scoring lines , all of which can and will play a physical game. With the addition of a solid checking line that pot some as well here and their as well.I really can not pick out a major flaw with thiis group of players , some may disagree but as I see it this is a very talented bunch that will probably get even more then the 245 Goals scored last season.
Defence(Projected Line Ups)
*Sounds of Silence* No love or appluase for the Flyrs D from me at the moment. While the forwards absolutely awed me , their D leaves me with the lonne thought of nedding more. This I suppose is the difference maker for a team like Detroit and the Flyers , each boasting incredible offence while only one can boast incredible D.
Not to say the D-corps is a bunch of garbage, far from it. But no body on that line really stands up and wows me in terms of skill-wise. But of course their is a bright spot , what they lack in skill , they will make up for it in pure punishment .They are gonna lay out a freight train for anyone stupid enough to walk into their zone with their head down . With the exception of Timonen every single one of them is over 6" and 200 pounds and can really hurt a man. So too sum them up, not the most skilled of lots. Though they should with their physical play be able to hold their blueline intact well enough to get them the wins in the regular seasons , but should look out for the faster and more skilled lines they will be sure to face with other teams in the east.
Stability is the word that comes to mind when I look at the tandem between the pipes for the Flyers. Both Biron and Nittymaki are quality starters in the league , who can both equally get it done . Biron who is the acknowledged starter at the moment really shone last year , not so much in the regular season where he had a decent outing . But in the playoffs where he single-handedly kept the Flyers contention. As for Nittymaki , he to is a good goalie who after suffering a bit of a confidence break down after the disatser of the 06-07 season he when called upon last year was able to come in and provide the relief and take the win with grace and skill. Philly if it manages to retain both of these goalies after their contract years will have one of the best tandems for a few years to come.
Well that pretty much wraps it up for run downs , just need to make the ol' standing predictions.
Well as for the division good as they have become i don't yet see them sliding by Pittsburg , merely because of the D problems . As for the conference it is more or less the same thing , with Philly being good enough to jump up into the middle pack but not being stable enough in D to move solidly into top 4.
Well thats it for me tonight , until next time.
NOTE:Once more as always with my blogs remember this is merely opinion based and nothing more . Any comments and corrrections will be welcome , just keep it tasteful please.